Hand-crafted single malt Scotch whisky, convivial conversations, the aesthete, and industry experts: the Balvenie hosted an evening for these at Ballard Estate (Mumbai) to celebrate craftsmanship, in collaboration with Abha Narain Lambah, an eminent architect of India.
Abha runs an architectural firm specialising in conservation, building restoration, museum design, historic interiors, and urban and regional conservation management plans.
Her architectural practice, which has so far won nine UNESCO Pacific Awards for conservation projects, has focused on historic sites ranging from ancient Buddhist sites of Ajanta and Bodh Gaya, 15th Century temples in Ladakh and Hampi, medieval mosques, palaces and forts in Rajasthan, Hyderabad, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab.
Considered the most hand-crafted of single malts, the Balvenie has been on a journey to discover what makes it special, to understand what drives its craftsmen to commit to what they have done for decades, and reach the pinnacle of their craft.
The Balvenie’s Makers Project was created to explore modern creativity across categories, to celebrate the intrinsic values and process of making, and unpack the uniquely human elements, showcasing the difference made when Makers pour their heart into what they do.
Hosted by Uday Balaji, a whisky evangelist and founder of The Whisky Advisor, the evening brought together two like-minded brands, celebrating the elements of tradition and culture, inherited from generations before and how good things take time.
Learning the right skills, exploring new techniques, pushing the boundaries, refining their craft, and learning to appreciate works of art in a different way – that is what the intimate, hand-picked gathering witnessed during the enthralling and engaging conversation between Uday and Abha. The evening culminated in a toast to the Balvenie and appreciation of the artistries that make the whisky truly unique.
Abha said, “Both Balvenie and Abha Narain Lambah Associates believe in craftsmanship and a timeless quality of design. We understand that to achieve excellence, it takes care and craftsmanship and a distillation of good taste.”
The Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky is produced by William Grant & Sons Ltd., an award-winning, family-owned distiller, founded by William Grant in 1886 and today run by his direct descendants.