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Whisky Tasting Experience with William Grant & Sons

Members and guests joined us for an exclusive whisky experience hosted by Neil Strachan, Southeast Asia Brand Ambassador for The Balvenie, as he took them through what makes Balvenie the world’s most handcrafted single malt scotch whisky.

 
Whiskies served on the night:
- The Balvenie DoubleWood 12 Year Old
- The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year Old
- The Balvenie DoubleWood 17 Year Old
- The Balvenie PortWood 21 Year Old
 
Attendees are heard the story behind William Grant & Sons in Singapore and their activities across the Asia Pacific region.

About William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons was established in 1887 and is one of Scotland’s oldest family-run businesses. Five generations later, the company distils some of the world’s leading brands of Scotch whisky including Glenfiddich – the world’s favourite single malt; the Balvenie range of handcrafted single malts; and Grant’s – one of the world’s most loved blended Scotch whisky. No other distillery in the world still employs the five rare crafts of whisky-making, along with traditional and time-consuming processes that give The Balvenie its distinctive honeyed notes.

 

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ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Single malt Scotch whisky distiller The Balvenie has appointed Neil Strachan as Regional Brand Ambassador for The Balvenie in Southeast Asia. The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky is produced by William Grant & Sons Ltd, an award-winning independent family-owned distiller founded by William Grant in 1886 and today run by his direct descendants; Prior to joining William Grant & Sons, Neil spent time in the Scottish F&B industry, accumulating vast knowledge on Scotch whisky and serving clients in business development in past roles with breweries, F&B retail and in the Balvenie Distillery itself, at Torin House within The Balvenie estate.

Having worked closely with The Balvenie’s Malt Master, David Stewart, Strachan is equipped with a superb knowledge of the distiller’s entire production method and its range of award-winning bottlings. The Balvenie is unique in the world of masterfully produced single malts because of the distillery’s ‘5 Rare Crafts.’ The Balvenie grows its own barley at Balvenie Mains Farm which adjoins the distillery, which is then floor-malted in the traditional way to add complexity. The Balvenie’s own coppersmiths are charged with upkeep of the stills, defining the smooth, honeyed flavor of the whisky. The casks provide so much of the character, and so their preparation is managed by highly skilled in-house coopers. Finally, David Stewart, the Malt Master, ensures the taste of each expression makes the absolute best of the complex alchemy of spirit, wood and time. It is this attention to detail at every stage of production that has won the hearts of whisky explorers.

Raised in Aberdeen, Scotland, Strachan started out in the hospitality industry as a kitchen porter at the age of 16, eventually travelling to work in the kitchens of hotels in Austria and France. It was when he returned to Scotland that his job at a cocktail bar sparked newfound interest for the bar trade, which later grew into a deep-seated passion as he learned more about the premium spirits and cocktail craft. For five years, Strachan lived in the Scottish countryside, and so became forever enraptured by the science and art behind whisky making. He now brings to the region this incredible passion for The Balvenie.

Speakers (s):

Neil Strachan, Regional Brand Ambassador, The Balvenie in SouthEast Asia

Date:
Wed, July 11, 2018
Time:
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Venue:
William Grant & Sons Bar, Aperia Tower 1 8 Kallang Ave, #13-01/04, Singapore 339509
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Non-Member$ 45.00
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Speaker (s):

Neil Strachan, Regional Brand Ambassador, The Balvenie in SouthEast Asia

Date:
Wed, July 11, 2018
Time:
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Venue:
William Grant & Sons Bar,
Aperia Tower 1
8 Kallang Ave,
#13-01/04,
Singapore 339509

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