Balvenie, the grand-daddy of premier Speyside single malt scotches, invited a select few of their DC friends for a private tasting of their finest distilled goods. The tasting kicked off with a round of their best scotches. Hints on how to properly taste (and enjoy) scotch were given as well as a quick recap on how scotch is even made. Want the run-down? Barley is malted to extract fermentable sugars in the mashing stage. At this point, fermentation kicks off (aka brewing for you beer folk). Copper stills are are still maintained by a coppersmith at Balvenie Mains, who looks after the distillation process. Casks are made and then filled with the delicious liquor that will eventually transform into scotch.
From there, a short video was shown of two of their brand representatives (both in attendance at the event), who chronicled their Rare Crafts Roadshow, a celebration for finely crafted goods across the United States. To boot, the two reps cruised the US in a handmade British roadster, the Morgan Plus 8.
While mass production reigns, Balvenie shows that there is still a good showing out there of those who appreciate a finely crafted things, but particulalry, scotch.
For more information:
The Rare Crafts Roadshow: http://www.thebalvenie.com/en-us/roadshow/