IN A WORLD of small- and large-scale producers making products of ever-increasing quality and substance, it's hard to pin down what exactly defines true craftsmanship.
Dedicated to the five rare crafts of whisky making and the most handcrafted of single malts, The Balvenie is expertly placed to judge exactly what true craftsmanship is. Which is precisely why, for a second year running, it's chosen to showcase four experts that it deems purveyors of true craft: Tottenham-based cheesemaker Wildes Cheese; London honey producer Bermondsey Street Bees; Suffolk's family-run Wooster's Bakery; and historic British car manufacturer Morgan Motor Company.
Despite their marked differences, all of the producers and manufacturers involved in this year's dinner, in their own way, carry on the tradition of true British craftsmanship, and all four make products of outstanding and unarguable quality even in the most unlikely places.
The Balvenie is fastidious about its craft – with its own coppersmiths and coopers, and one of the only distillers still to grow its own grain for use in the distillation process.
It's for this reason that The Balvenie has always been hugely passionate about forming relationships with brands that share this ethos, especially those led by the minds of talented and unique individuals who have created their own tradition and history – not unlike Malt Master David Stewart, who has spent more than 55 years crafting The Balvenie's lauded range of single malt whiskies.
"It's been a pleasure to discover and learn from an immensely talented group of craftspeople, all united by the passion and dedication for what they do," Michel Roux Jr. says of the partnership.
"This year I have been particularly inspired by how these experts go to great lengths, in this modern world, to preserve traditional craft methods, often in unexpected ways and places."
Each of the producers will be heavily involved in the resultant Craftsmen's Dinner, a celebration at Roux at the Landau restaurant in the Langham hotel that will see guests feast on a menu created by the iconic chef.
The night's one-off menu will feature spit-roasted veal loin with sweet breads glazed in Bermondsey Street Bees' honey, Wildes Cheese's Roland cheese with Balvenie-soaked prunes and Wooster's sourdough ice cream – and guests will be driven to and from the dinner in a beautiful Morgan car.
If you want to see the craftsmen's stories for yourself, check out the series, including the full dinner here.
And, to be in with a chance to win dinner for two at The Langham inspired by this incredible collaboration, enter our competition by answering the simple question below – you'll find the answer in the video about Wildes Cheese.
For more information on the Craftsmen's Dinner, go to uk.thebalvenie.com, follow @TheBalvenie on Facebook, @BalvenieUK on Twitter, or @thebalvenie on Instagram
The question is: What dried fruit features in The Balvenie cheese crafted by Wildes Cheese?
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