traditional craft of coopering received
a boost when The Balvenie's two new
apprentice coopers Kal Allen and Jason
Taylor received the tools of the trade.
The traditional craft of coopering received a boost as two new recruits began
their apprenticeship in earnest when they were presented with their toolsets by
Deacon Iain Lockhart of the Incorporation of Coopers of Glasgow and John Gaffney
of the National Cooperage Federation in a ceremony at The Balvenie Distillery.
The young men, Kal Allen, 20, from Rothes and Jason Taylor, 17, from Archiestown,
have whisky making and coopering in their blood, with generations of their
families before them working in Speyside distilleries and cooperages. The duo
will spend the next four years serving their apprenticeships before sitting
exams to become fully qualified coopers.
Commenting on the appointment, The Balvenie Brand Manager, Jonny Cornthwaite
said: “These are the first apprentice coopers at The Balvenie Distillery for
almost 20 years, it shows a great commitment to the industry and further
illustrates our handcrafted credentials. We really do live our values here at
The Balvenie Distillery has a team of coopers mending and tending every cask
used to mature its single malt Scotch whisky. Along with its other handcrafted
whisky-making techniques, the cooperage makes The Balvenie the only distillery
to employ all five of the traditional, rare whisky-making crafts.