Published on : Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Following two esteemed chapters of The Balvenie DCS Compendium, Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE returns with the highly-anticipated launch of Chapter Three in November 2017. DCS Chapter Three, called “Secrets of the Stock Model,” showcases the science, art and experience needed to master whisky, and contains five bottles to commemorate the newest series. A cornerstone of the launch, Chapter Three includes the oldest whisky ever released in The Balvenie’s 125-year history, a 55-year-old single cask whisky that was laid down in 1961.
While previous chapters have been quickly secured by collectors in the US, one set of DCS Chapter Three will be featured exclusively at Ty Bar at Four Seasons Hotel New York and available for connoisseurs to sample by the flight for USD 5,000 or individual pours of each vintage with price varying per bottle.
“Secrets of the Stock Model” is so aptly named because the bottles represent the evolution of The Balvenie and the skillful forecasting from Stewart to anticipate future needs, tastes, patterns and consumer desires of whisky. The five bottles include various bottles from “lean” years when the distillery produced less as well as “plentiful” years of the whisky boom of the 1970s.
“As Malt Master, it is my privilege and duty to manage our whisky stocks, which we look to control despite all the elements the barrels are up against to reach maturation,” says David C. Stewart MBE. “Through my 55-year tenure working with The Balvenie, I have come to understand the decisions we make when we originally cask, and how they will affect the company and stock models in years to come. I couldn’t be more pleased with the expressions we chose for this chapter, specifically the 1961 single cask, which truly encompasses my career to date serving The Balvenie.”
Stewart, the fifth and longest-serving Malt Master at the Speyside distillery, has created The Balvenie DCS Compendium to memorialise his contributions to the craft of whisky. The treasured collection in its entirety will showcase 25 rare and vintage casks released over five years and five chapters.
“To have this variety of rare vintages available in Chapter Three of the DCS Compendium truly speaks to the distillery’s foresight, strategy, and ultimately, the incredible leadership under our Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE,” says Greg Levine, Brand Director for The Balvenie. “We’re also thrilled to finally offer the collection to eager imbibers at Ty Bar at Four Seasons Hotel New York, which will mark the first time in the world that non-collectors have the privilege to sample these rare whiskies.”