Balvenie’s David Stewart named “Member of the British Empire”

The Malt Master of Balvenie has been honored for his services in the Scottish whisky business

Becoming an honored "Member of the British Empire" (MBE) is a very exceptional award. The whisky scene is full of applause for David Stewart, Malt Master of Balvenie, now being an MBE. It’s an award for a man who has been working in the whisky business for 53 years and has been committed with all his heart, senses and innovation for Scottish whisky.

David Stewart’s masterpiece: the Balvenie Double Cask

When David Stewart started his work at Balvenie Distillery in the year 1962 as a clerk in the warehouses he had no idea that he once would be one of the most innovative blend masters of Scotland. He was for example concerned about cask management already in the 1980s and created the Balvenie Double Cask 12 year old - the first single malt whisky that had been matured in more than one cask! In celebration of his 50th jubilee at William Grant & Sons Balvenie released the 17 year old Double Wood in 2012.

Many awards for his lifework

The MBE is not the only award David Stewart can look back on meanwhile. He is “Icon of Whisky” and “Kepper of the Quaich” and was honored for his lifework from The International Wine & Spirit Competition as well as from the Malt Advocate Magazine. It has not been very long that David Stewart could erect a memorial in his own honor with the creation of the Chapter One of the Balvenie DCS Compendium: With 25 very special whiskies that will be released during the next five years Balvenie honors his Malt Master Davis Stewart who will celebrate his 71st birthday in February.