The Balvenie Distillery was built in 1892 by the Grants of Glenfiddich near the ruins of the fourteenth-century castle by the same name. The charming, whitewashed distillery is just a stone's throw from Glenfiddich and both are still family-owned by the Grants. The 2 distilleries share the same water source and the stills at Balvenie are heated using the waste heat from Glenfiddich. However that is where the similarities end, because the whiskies are completely different in character.
The Balvenie Distillery grows its own barley, still does its own floor maltings, has its own cooper to maintain the barrels in which its whisky is matured and has its own coppersmith to take care of its stills. Balvenie was one of the earliest pioneers in experimentation with wood management, casting whiskies of various ages with relish into a broad palette of oak types.