The Balvenie The Sweet Toast Of American Oak is story no. 1 in The Balvenie Story Series. Inspired to produce an even fruitier, sweeter Balvenie, Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey Mckenchie had the bright idea to import Virgin Oak Barrels from Kentucky. After deep toasting them at The Balvenie Cooperage they were filled with Balvenie aged in ex-bourbon barrels. The result is a delectably complex whisky that has been aged for 12 years with notes of candied fruit, coconut and delicate vanilla.