At The Balvenie they remain faithful to the Five Rare Crafts, producing whiskey as always, artisans have an intimate understanding of their materials and the desire to produce the best whiskey possible. The process is a combination of experience, skill and ambition that gives The Balvenie its unique character.
Thanks to natural alchemy and centuries-old craftsmanship, The Balvenie is unique among single malts. His whiskey production process is dedicated to the maintenance of the Five Rare Crafts and is the only distillery in Scotland that still cultivates his barley, uses traditional floor malts and keeps both a coppersmith and a team of coopers on site. And, of course, the Master Malt David C. Stewart MBE presides over the all-important maturation process where he forms The Balvenie, the most artisan of single malts
Balvenie runs a malt job, one of the few left in Scotland. After macerating the barley in spring water from the hills above the distillery, the wheat is spread on the traditional mortar floor. The malt is turned by hand until malt barley is ready for the furnace, where it is dried using anthracite and a carefully evaluated amount of peat, adding further complexity to the whiskey