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David Stewart is one of the best known whisky makers in Scotland, having worked his way from the clerk’s office into whisky production, eventually becoming the longest serving Malt Master in the industry. David started his career in 1962 maintaining stock ledgers for William Grant & Sons and has remained with the company ever since, celebrating his 50th year with them in 2012.
For this masterclass David will be joined by Balvenie’s Global Brand Ambassador (and TWE alumnus), Sam ‘Dr Whisky’ Simmons to talk about and taste a range of excellent whiskies.
During the tasting we will be trying some of the Balvenie single malts that have passed through David’s hands since he became the company’s Malt Master in 1974, all created by him.
With a line-up of incredible drams introduced by the man who made them happen this is an event that no Balvenie fan should miss.
Balvenie 8 Years Old
An old 1970s bottling of Balvenie aged for just 8 years, as was popular at the time. This represents the sort of whisky that David was responsible for when he first took over the reins as Malt Master for Grant’s.
Balvenie 17 Years Old DoubleWood
One of the newer entries in Balvenie’s range, appearing in late 2012 and adding an extra five years of maturation to the ever popular 12yo DoubleWood. The classic DoubleWood style combines bourbon cask maturation with a touch of sherry finishing.
18 Years Old
A former mainstay of the distillery’s range, Balvenie Classic was discontinued in 1993. A fantastic and well aged example of Balvenie’s distillery character.
Balvenie 21 Years Old Portwood Travel Retail Exclusive
A special travel retail only version of David’s favourite whisky in the Balvenie line-up – finished in Port casks as usual, but bottled un-chillfiltered at 47.6%.