12th Nov 2021

Today The Balvenie announces the release of The Second Red Rose, the latest addition to The Balvenie Stories range — a collection of single malts representing tales of characters, endeavour and generational knowledge gathered at The Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. The expression joins four others in the Stories range, including domestic releases — The Edge of Burnhead Wood, The Sweet Toast of American Oak, A Week of Peat and The Tale of the Dog. Each liquid in the range brings to life a distinct narrative of the human touch, skill, and emotion behind every liquid produced by The Balvenie.

The Second Red Rose is inspired by an iconic bottling of The Balvenie first released in 2008. The Balvenie Rose was a 16 Year Old whisky, finished in port pipes that was only available to visitors to the distillery.

A tale centred around a rare red rose beginning centuries ago, the Fair Maid of Galloway, Margaret Douglas occupied the Balvenie Castle on Speyside Hill. After the death of her husband, 8th Earl of Douglas, the castle and its estate shifted ownership to King James II. Margaret however continued to live there, paying the King rent in the form a single red rose each year. The flower became a symbol not only of intense beauty but that of extreme value. Over time the castle which had been left unoccupied for centuries came into disrepair however the power of the rose continues to live on in the latest expression from The Balvenie. The Second Red Rose is an intense and sweet 21 Year Old liquid that embodies a burst of blackberries and ripe peach softness, offset with flavours of vibrant oak and cracked black pepper. The enchanting and exquisite hue of the liquid is a lasting tribute to the captivating red rose.

Commenting on the release of The Second Red Rose, Malt Master David Stewart MBE says: “It has been a real pleasure to bring back such a wonderful story in The Second Red Rose, and to do it with the new finish using Shiraz casks. The original Balvenie Rose was a distillery exclusive, so it’s great to have the opportunity to share the story with many more people.”

Storytelling is carried through every aspect of The Second Red Rose, with its story told on the whisky’s packaging. Printed with a bespoke illustration, specific to the liquid, from British artist and printmaker Andy Lovell. Andy’s work, which draws its inspiration direct from the distillery, can also be seen across the labels and tubes for the entire Balvenie Stories range. It uses bold, hand-made gestural marks to build up images that capture the evocative light and atmosphere of the distillery’s landscape. The texture and tactility of Andy’s work emphasises the importance of human creativity in the production of The Balvenie whiskies and the exceptional products that can be made when Makers pour their heart into what they do.

The Second Red Rose is now available from Edencroft at £300.00 per bottle.