It’s taking shape more and more, I’m afraid.
Although I haven’t got an official response to my questions of neither Balvenie-Distillery nor of William Grant & Sons up until now, there are increasing signs for verification now. After reading the same message in a couple of newsletters recentIy – after all they might have just copied the original message! - I received today a personal response of one of my reliable internet-retailers (one of the biggest in Germany). They actually strongly confirm the message.
They claim, that they heard this news both from UK in the past year and up-to-date again of their distributor ‘TeamSpirit’ in Rheinberg/Germany. Similar to the Glenfiddich, which changed also from ‘no-age-statement’ to 12 years just recently, Balvenie is about to raise the age of its ‘first malt-in-the-row’ to 12years, they say. Balvenie had to wait thereby up until now since the stock of the 12yo wasn’t sufficient enough in the last years. So the 12yo Double Wood (a 12yo Founder's Reserve?) is effectivly supposed to be the official successor of the 10yo Founder’s Reserve.
Of course they adviced me to stock up now.
Honi soit qui mal y pense…