The Balvenie Releases ‘A Revelation of Cask and Character’


October 20, 2023

Balvenie Cask and Character box and bottle

The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky launched a new expression in its Stories Range: A Revelation of Cask and Character. This 19 Year Old, limited-edition offering will be the only 100% Sherry cask-matured liquid in the range.

A Revelation of Cask and Character sits within The Balvenie’s award-winning Stories Range – a series bringing to life the stories of the people and places behind the whisky, while celebrating the creativity, passion and skills passed from one generation of craftsmen to the next.

A Revelation of Cask and Character also marks a new chapter for The Balvenie, as it is the first release to be crafted solely by Kelsey McKechnie since it was announced she has stepped up into the role of Malt Master for The Balvenie. As 2022 marked David C. Stewart, MBE’s 60th year at The Balvenie, the industry legend is now moving into a new role with the distillery as Honorary Ambassador and Former Malt Master. In his new position, Stewart will focus on sharing his breadth of industry knowledge and legendary expertise. Following six years under the direction and apprenticeship of Stewart, Kelsey now takes on the full responsibility for all future innovation releases at the distillery.

The expression also heroes The Balvenie’s coopering team, including Head Cooper, Ian McDonald, who started his career with an apprenticeship at The Balvenie in 1969.

“A Revelation of Cask and Character is a tribute to the expertise and skill of the team that develops our whisky, as well as The Balvenie’s legacy of innovation and craftsmanship,” Naomi Leslie, The Balvenie US Ambassador, said in a news release. “The limited quantity of the expression means it will only be available for two years, making this liquid a great collectable and a story worth capturing.”

The elements of storytelling continue through the packaging, with a bespoke illustration by British artist and printmaker Andy Lovell, which beautifully depicts the cooperage at The Balvenie Distillery. Lovell’s work, which draws its inspiration directly from the distillery, can also be seen across the labels and tubes for the entire Balvenie Stories Range. It uses hand-made gestural marks to build up images that capture the evocative light and atmosphere of the distillery’s landscape.

The Balvenie will also be releasing a new episode of its popular podcast, The Balvenie Stories Series, to coincide with the release of A Revelation of Cask and Character. The podcast is available on, as well as on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Bottled at 47.5% ABV, The Balvenie’s A Revelation of Cask and Character is now available in limited quantities across the U.S. at a suggested retail price of $503.99.

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