In early 1892 work began to convert an 18th-century mansion, Balvenie New House, into the Balvenie Distillery. Construction took fifteen months to complete, and on May 1st, 1893, the first distillation took place there. In 2007, The Balvenie’s Global Brand Ambassador, David Laird presented an online documentary series about the making of malt whisky, shot in and around the Balvenie Distillery.
Balvenie produces whisky in a traditional style. The use of locally grown barley is preferred, and it is. The Balvenie is unique among single malts. Their whisky-making process is dedicated to maintaining the Five Rare Crafts and they are the only distillery in Scotland that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings and keeps both a coppersmith and a team of coopers on site.