A Day of Dark Barley is the story of David C Stewart using brittle barley to make a Balvenie heavy with oak and smoke. It’s true to say that no day is quite the same at The Balvenie. One such day, in the long wet summer of 1992, a very special batch of barley was bought in, and mixed with the traditional malted home barley, ready for the signature Balvenie mash. Turning a deep, dark burnt black brown, this unusual one off batch of barley was an experiment undertaken at The Balvenie at a time of significant change. Described as “a heavier,darker Balvenie, flavoured with the richness of over roasted malted barley, oak, honey,vanilla and citrus notes”, it’s bottled at 47.8% ABV and without chill filtration.