Hosted at Osteria, The Balvenie held a wonderful event to introduce and taste the latest additions to the DCS series.
Now at Chapter 3, the focus is on “Secrets of the Stock Model” and highlights the importance of the decision making process of Malt Master, David C. Stewart MBE. The star of the night was undoubtedly the 55-year-old European oak Oloroso sherry hogshead from 1961 – The Balvenie’s oldest whisky to ever be released to the public.
The anticipation was palpable and fortunately, as the Brand Ambassador began his introduction, we were invited to taste the 55 year old gem first as they did not want the experience to be influenced by any prior flavours. The room went silent … smiles on everyone’s lips and we were all lost in the grandeur of the moment.
The subsequent tasting of the 43, 23 and 13 year old did not disappoint and I was very graciously offered a second tasting of the 1973 43 year old oloroso sherry butt which I found to be simply astounding!
I have to admit, though, I was tremendously impressed with the 1993 23 year old as well and this was definitely Meera’s favourite dram of the night.
Being vegetarians, the chef did a fine job of pairing these uber rare drams with a tasty and visually stunning meal which only served to enhance the overall experience of a truly remarkable event.
All in all, I am sure I will look back at tonight as possibly one of the most extraordinary tasting events we have had the pleasure to attend …
Needless to say the night was an experience of “Firsts” and Dram Good Stuff was offered one of the only three single bottles of the 1961 available in Asia.
Our gratitude to the whole Balvenie team !
PS. we brought our new baby home !