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September 2, 2021

William Grant & Sons’ The Balvenie The Second Red Rose single malt Scotch – Product Launch

The new whisky is named after the rent paid to King James II for Balvenie Castle in the 15th Century.

By Olly Wehring

  • Category – Spirits, whisky, Scotch, single malt, 48.1% abv
  • Available – From this month
  • Location – Available in the UK through selected off-premise outlets, including branches of Selfridges
  • Price – SRP of GBP305 (US$420) per bottle

William Grant has added a 21-year-old expression to the ‘Stories’ line of single malts from The Balvenie.

The Second Red Rose, which has been finished in ex-Shiraz casks, is the fifth expression in the range, which debuted in May 2019. The new addition “pays homage” to The Balvenie Rose, a distillery-exclusive 16-year-old that was first launched in 2008.

The Fair Maid of Galloway, Margaret Douglas, lived in Balvenie Castle in the 15th Century, paying King James II a red rose each year after the estate came under the king’s ownership.

The Balvenie Stories was extended further last year with The Edge of Burnhead Wood, a 19-year-old expression. Later this month, the series will be joined by The Tale of the Dog 42-year-old, although no further details were confirmed.

Late last year, William Grant posted a 7.5% lift in sales from 2019, while warning that calendar-2020 was likely to be down by around 15% on the year prior.

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