The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Years Old
In days gone by, the Dipping Dog would have been employed by thirsty employees at the distillery to pilfer whisky by lowering the cylinder into the cask. On retrieving it, its canny owner would have secured his haul by tightly sealing the opening with a cork.
It is no news that craftsmanship is at the heart of The Balvenie’s ethos. It permeates everything we do, from the whisky we make to the craftspeople we work with around the world. We remain determined to preserve traditional whisky-making methods even as our scale changes and technologies advance all around us. This is what film-maker James Rogan witnessed when he came up to the distillery to create a film around David Stewart’s 50 years with William Grant & Sons a few years ago.
Our Old Cask Afterlife competition has finally been won. And the item now being created for a very lucky Dennis from Amsterdam, is in fact a distinctive and beautifully detailed whisky cabinet for one’s favourite tipple.
When I first got into whisky, I was 26 years old. There had been plenty of Gibsons and Ginger Ales before that, but when I moved to Scotland, whisky stormed into my life in a real way. It feels like a long time ago... I had a full (?) head of hair. I had a student loan. I had two part time jobs. I was not targeted by whisky marketing. Or was I?
Whisky is for rich people Women don’t drink whisky. Whisky is for old men. Japan/China/someone-far-away-about-whom-I-know-very-little is drinking all our Scotch. But let’s start at something at least slightly closer to truth...
Although most of us are reluctant to admit it, we weren’t always as talented as we are now. No, at one time or another we each spent time practicing.