His name is on every single modern bottle of The Balvenie. Indeed, David Stewart is the distillery’s Malt Master and he is the genius behind every new expression, while keeping the core ones consistently brilliant. Our staff here at Cask & Drams are big fans of The Balvenie, in particular, the 12-Year-Old DoubleWood; a dram that can be enjoyed any time of the day. Which is why, we fervently #raiseadram to David Stewart, as he was presented an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from the Queen in early July 2016.
The MBE is a medal awarded by Her Majesty The Queen to individuals recognised for a significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.
David worked in the Scotch whisky industry for almost 54 years, which really exhibits his passion and dedication. He revolutionised the whisky industry in the 1980s by introducing the concept of double maturation. Essentially, the spirit that is matured in a cask is put into another type of cask for a period of time.
For instance, the DoubleWood was matured first in a traditional oak whisky cask before being transferred to a first fill European oak sherry cask. Typically, the finished product will have added complexity and character, as depicted by some expressions from The Balvenie.
Whisky enthusiasts raised a toast to celebrate David’s MBE at 1945hrs (signifying the year David was born) on 5 July. The Balvenie will also present David Stewart a book of congratulatory messages at a ceremony taking place in The Balvenie Distillery, Dufftown, Scotland later this year in October to celebrate his MBE.