The Balvenie DCS Compendium celebrates the career of the Scotch whisky industry’s longest serving Malt Master, David Charles Stewart, and will feature twenty-five hand-selected casks spanning a uniquely wide range of vintages from 2006 to 1968.
Our challenge was to create a visual identity that allowed this remarkable collection of whiskies to take centre stage throughout. To do this we created a new crystal bottle structure to champion the liquids’ extraordinary colour variants, as well as sturdy walnut packaging structures to emphasise naturalness. The single bottle’s walnut frame references a Tantalus. With the five-bottle frame, the base of each bottle is secured through a brass plate and released by removing a discreet solid walnut ‘key’. The single and five bottle chapter frames were handmade by Scottish cabinetmaker Sam Chinnery, whose workshop is close to the distillery.
To create a premium launch, we designed a series of exhibition displays made from walnut and brass, with text and photography printed on see-through cloth posters. We designed a sturdy, textured 112-page hardback book – with a chocolate brown, embossed cover, gold foil lettering and natural foiled cloth spine – featuring the tasting notes alongside the full story of David Charles Stewart’s work at Balvenie. We also designed a range of printed elements to support the launch event including a press pack, event invitation and itinerary, and a subtly branded bag to keep them in.