Since the foundation of the Balvenie distillery there have been hardly any changes; the Single Malts are still produced in the traditional way. The Balvenie, with its sister distillery Glenfiddich, is still independent and family owned by its founders. The Balvenie 12 Years Old Single Barrel First Fill was first released in 2013 and was aged for 12 years in first fill bourbon casks before bottling. Only 300 bottles are available worldwide. Each bottle is numbered by hand and marked with the cask number. Awards: - Gold medal in 2016 at International Spirits Challenge.Tasting notes:Colour: Light gold. Nose: sweet, woody, spicy, hints of maple syrup, allspice, vanilla, coffee. Taste: Creamy, vanilla, toffee apples, fruit, spices, hints of caramel, sponge cake. Finish: Long lasting, sweet, spicy.