Earlier this month, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presented an MBE medal to The Balvenie’s Malt Master David Stewart for his services to the Scotch whisky industry. The ceremony was held in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Stewart, who has dedicated over five decades of his life to the Scotch whisky industry, is renowned for his revolutionary work and other pioneering techniques that have defined today’s Scotch whisky production methods, including those revolving around ‘cask finishes’ for The Balvenie. In addition to his esteemed work, the Malt Master has also crafted many award-winning whiskies enjoyed by whisky connoisseurs around the world.

“I feel very humbled to receive this award,” said Stewart, who began his career in 1962 as a humble whisky stocks clerk. “I didn’t expect to become a malt master. I feel incredibly proud. I’ve been very fortunate to work for a family run company and it has allowed me the freedom to experiment throughout my career. It’s a privilege working in this industry so to be rewarded and recognised in this manner is very humbling.”

An MBE, which stands for ‘Member of the Order of the British Empire’, recognizes individuals for their outstanding service or significant achievement in their respective community or profession, in a medal awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“David’s dedication, skill and modesty have made him one of the best-loved and respected craftsmen in the business. David’s MBE is a testament to how well respected he is. He is considered to be one of the greatest master blenders and we are incredibly proud of him,” said CEO of William Grant & Sons Simon Hunt.

Stewart will also receive a book of congratulations that will first travel around the world for months, before returning to Scotland, full of well wishes and congratulations from The Balvenie drinkers and whisky enthusiasts from around the world. The book has been styled by way of an original whisky store register.

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