Spoil / 21 Oct 2019

Drink | The Balvenie

Thanks to natural alchemy and centuries-old craftsmanship, The Balvenie is unique among single malts. Their whisky-making process is dedicated to maintaining the Five Rare Crafts and are the only distillery in Scotland that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings and keeps both a coppersmith and a team of coopers on site. The Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE presides over the all-important maturation process. Making the Balvenie the most hand-crafted of single malts.

David Stewart

In 1892, William Grant built The Balvenie distillery in the abandoned Balvenie New House, Whisky production began at the distillery in May of next year. The original maltings were replaced with the traditional malting floor The Balvenie still use today.

Balvenie New House

David C. Stewart MBE began working with William Grant & Sons in 1962 and became Malt Master of The Balvenie, the fourth in the distillery's history, he first experimented with maturing The Balvenie in two different wood types in succession, what would later be called 'finishing', and first bottled as The Balvenie Classic. In 1971 the first official bottling of The Balvenie single malt whisky was released.

The Balvenie Classic

The Balvenie relaunched on the occasion of the distillery's centenary in three iterations in 1993: Founder's Reserve Aged 10 Years, DoubleWood Aged 12 Years and Single Barrel Aged 15 Years.

Later, the first of the Tun range in which David C. Stewart MBE selected some of his favourite rare casks from their oldest warehouses then married them in Tun 1401. Tun 1509 replaces Tun 1401 after nine batches of the latter. The Balvenie DCS Compendium launches as handover notes of David's knowledge and expertise within the whisky industry in liquid and literary form.