The Balvenie Distillery is built on the stories that are told from each generation of craftsmen to the next. They’re our lifeblood. It is how we pass on what we know, how we process experiences, and how we create new ideas.
The Balvenie Stories range is a collection of single malt whiskies representing tales of character, endeavour and craft. Each whisky produced by The Balvenie tells a human story, evolving with the protagonists and developing unexpected twists through years of maturation.
Each whisky is accompanied by an audiobook which brings to life the story behind each expression, through a series of conversations between The Balvenie’s craftsmen and The Balvenie Global Ambassador Gemma Paterson. These conversations were recorded at locations significant to the narrative of each tale, including at The Balvenie Distillery and as far afield as Kelvin Cooperage, Kentucky. Each audiobook concludes with David Stewart and Kelsey McKechnie sharing a dram of some of the very first bottles of The Balvenie Stories with the craftsmen who created the whiskies you’re about to enjoy.
Our story begins in conversation with Ian McDonald at The Balvenie Cooperage, who celebrates his fiftieth year at The Balvenie this year and talks about the unique toasting process that created this whisky and what it is like to mentor generations of apprentices.
From Dufftown, Gemma retraces the journey of our American Oak casks to Kentucky with Apprentice Malt Master Kelsey McKechnie, who chats about her Apprenticeship and what it’s like to learn from one of the most respected Malt Masters in the industry!
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Opening at the very meeting table where the seed of the idea for this whisky was born former Distillery Manager, Ian Millar, goes for a spin with Gemma around The Balvenie and recounts tales from the distillery’s first ever Week of Peat in 2002.
After visiting the original field where our farmer grew the first batch of barley that was peated in the malting kiln, Gemma along with Maltman Robbie Gormley and Mashman Brian Webster discuss what it was like to handle the peated malt at the distillery, which was filled with an intense peat reek that drew a crowd like never before!
Malt Master David Stewart and Warehouse Coordinator George Paterson then guide us through a warehouse tasting like no other.
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Standing in Balvenie distillery courtyard on a dreich day Maltman Robbie Gormley and Mashman Brian Webster take us back to a wet summer’s day in 1992 when the infamous delivery of dark barley caught the pair off guard.
Recounting their years of friendship and night shifts at The Balvenie, Brian and Robbie give us a glimpse through decades spent at the distillery.
Gemma is joined by David Stewart and Distillery Ambassador David Mair in the lounge at the Balvenie Visitor Centre to see how the original 14-year-old Roasted Malt has matured further into this new 26-year-old release.