David Stewart has worked at Balvenie Distillery for over half a century. During that time, he has witnessed—and led—many changes within the scotch industry, including the rise of single malt whisky as an alternative to blends, the use of finishing barrels to create unique flavors, and the increasing diversity of styles within Scotland’s distinct whisky regions. Here he discusses what that journey has been like, and shares his thoughts about the current and future state of innovation within scotch.
This virtual tasting features two examples of bottled in bond whiskey—that is, American whiskey from one distillation season and one distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse for at least four years, then bottled at exactly 100 proof.
This sommelier-led virtual tasting features two innovative American whiskies from Blackened that showcase how this brand uniquely utilizes black brandy finishing and Metallica-fueled sonic enhancement to create truly one-of-a-kind bourbon/rye blends.