Handcrafted single malt scotch whisky, convivial conversations, the aesthete, and the industry experts. The Balvenie hosted an evening at the IF.BE, Ballard Estate to celebrate craftmanship in collaboration with Abha Narain Lambah, an eminent architect of India who like The Balvenie has a creative passion which results in the magnificent projects she has created throughout her journey. She also seeks to show the passage to ultimate craftsmanship across a diverse spectrum of the craft and creative community.

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. Above all else, it’s their heart. Evolving from this, The Makers campaign 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.

No maker starts out at the top, it is realized through decades of hard work, experimentation, failure, perseverance, dedication, learning and creativity. This mix of measured skill and immeasurable Heart elevates Makers from great to exceptional. Celebrating the persistence, dedication and commitment of individuals and their crafts, The Balvenie, is on a journey to build an inclusive community of Makers who put their heart into everything they do.

Hosted by Uday Balaji, a whisky evangelist & founder of The Whisky Advisor, the evening brought together two likeminded brands, celebrating the elements of tradition & culture, inherited from generations before and how good things take time. Learning the right skills, exploring new techniques, pushing the boundaries and refining their craft. Learning to appreciate their works of art in a different way. It is more than what the eyes are seeing because when you pour your heart into what you do, the experience is completely worth it. The intimate, hand-picked gathering witnessed an enthralling and engaging conversation between Uday Balaji and Abha Narain Lambah on appreciation towards timeless craft, followed by a whisky tasting session for all the invitees.

The opulent evening brought to life the five rare crafts associated with the making of The Balvenie, a luxurious range of whiskies. The Balvenie is defined by a rich, luxuriously smooth, honeyed sweetness, and is a part of one of Scotland’s few family-owned Speyside distilleries. Nowhere else can one find a distillery that still grows its own barley, malts it on traditional floor malting and has its own cooperage, its own coppersmith, and the longest-serving Malt Master in the Scotch whisky industry, the celebrated David Stewart.

Speaking on the occasion, Payal Nijhawan, Head of Marketing, William Grant & Sons India, said,

“The Balvenie believes in commitment to craftsmanship which brings invaluable skill, knowledge, experience, and passion to every stage of the whisky making process through the hands of our dedicated craftsmen, making The Balvenie an expression of true craft, and full of character. We are delighted to bring the brand to life with the Maker’s Project through this specially curated evening with Abha Narain Lambah who also embodies the same vision towards ultimate craft and focuses on preventing stories from tarnishing and it being passed on from one generation to the next.”

Additionally, Abha Narain Lambah, Founder of Abha Narain Lambah Associates said, “My architectural practice celebrates 25 years of our work on restoring India’s architectural legacy. 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.”

Uday Balaji and Abha Narain Lambah engaged with the guests over appreciation for the spirit which culminated into a toast to The Balvenie and appreciation of the artistries that make the whisky truly unique.

This engaging evening was attended by whisky enthusiasts as well as well-known personalities representing various fields associated with creative and corporate professions.