As he marks his sixtieth yr at The Balvenie, trade legend David C. Stewart MBE is shifting into a brand new position inside the firm, specializing in sharing his breadth of trade data and legendary experience. All through this new chapter of progressive management, former apprentice and joint Malt Grasp, Kelsey McKechnie takes on sole accountability for all future liquid innovation as Malt Grasp, upholding the craft, high quality and innovation of The Balvenie for generations to come back.
David’s profession started with a 12 yr apprenticeship on the age of 17, from which he mastered the abilities of nosing and growing the highest quality single malts earlier than being appointed The Balvenie Malt Grasp in 1974, a place he has held ever since. By the a long time, David has developed a variety of award-winning single malt whiskies, championed experimentation while retaining custom and honed his talent of whisky making all the way down to a superb artwork.
As he strikes into his new position as Honorary Ambassador and Former Malt Grasp, David continues to have an unwavering affiliation with The Balvenie, sharing his experience and fervour for the Scotch whisky trade, as one of many best-loved and most revered craftsmen within the enterprise.
Kelsey was first appointed to the place of Apprentice Malt Grasp on the age of simply 26. She first joined as a Technical Graduate in 2014, after graduating from The College of West Scotland in 2014 with a BSc in Biology and Organic Sciences, over her time at The Balvenie she furthered her training and acquired a Masters in Brewing and Distilling from Heriot-Watt and an MBA from Strathclyde.
Now, after six years of honing her craft apprenticed underneath David Stewart earlier than working alongside as joint Malt Grasp, Kelsey takes on the only accountability for all future innovation releases at The Balvenie.
David C. Stewart MBE, Former Malt Grasp and Honorary Ambassador for The Balvenie, mentioned:
“Craftsmanship lies on the core of The Balvenie, and we depend on the passing of abilities, processes, data and expertise from technology to technology, to take care of our custom and distinctive character. Over my time working alongside Kelsey, she has proven a outstanding expertise for creating distinctive whiskies and the final word dedication to mastering her craft. I go away the accountability of future whisky releases in her trusted palms as I transfer into my new position sharing my ardour with the world of The Balvenie.”
Kelsey McKechnie, Malt Grasp for The Balvenie, mentioned:
“Not many individuals can say they’ve had the chance to be taught immediately from somebody inside the similar calibre as David C. Stewart. As his wealthy legacy inside the whisky trade lives on for generations to come back, inside this new chapter of path, I’ll proceed to make use of and construct upon his innovation and methods, while placing my stamp on future whisky innovation at The Balvenie.”
The discharge of A Revelation of Cask and Character will mark a brand new chapter for the enduring single malt, being the primary bottle to be signed solely by Kelsey as her first launch designed from begin to end.
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