David Stewart, The Balvenie Malt Master, has crafted a new expression, an incredibly rare 40 year old single malt Scotch whisky, aged in sherry casks and refill hogsheads. A batch of only 150, hand numbered bottles of The Balvenie Forty will be available at exclusive travel retail outlets in the world’s leading airports, from July 2010.
Understanding the unique combination of human craft and natural alchemy, David Stewart carefully experimented with small samples of The Balvenie single malt from some of our rarest casks. He finally decided on a number of whiskies that have been maturing in our warehouses since his early days at the distillery, over forty years ago. Using small amounts of The Balvenie from just seven hand selected casks, David Stewart has created an exquisitely rich and wonderfully complex 40 year old single malt.
Each bottle is hand numbered and presented in a bespoke wooden box, handmade in oak by Scottish craftsmen Sam Chinnery and hand-engraved by Sam’s father.
David Stewart said: “The Balvenie’s enduring commitment to quality and craftsmanship ensured any casks with the potential to mature beautifully for many decades are allowed to continue doing so. This has also meant we’re fortunate enough to have some highly aged casks at The Balvenie Distillery which we’re proud to be able to offer to single malt enthusiasts the world over. The rich flavour and unique characteristics of The Balvenie Forty are the result of this careful preparation and craftsmanship.”
The Balvenie Forty, from leading independent drinks company, First Drinks, will be available worldwide, in exclusive travel retail outlets from July 2010 at a global RRP of £2,500.