After all these Balvenie reviews I’ve saved the best for last:
- Tun 1509 Batch #1 (47.1%)
To create the first batch of Tun 1509, David carefully hand selected 42 of the finest casks – 35 traditional American oak barrels and seven European oak sherry butts – from the distillery’s precious aged stocks. All were transferred to Tun 1509, which sits in Warehouse 24, for several months before bottling. This is a rare interpretation of the marrying process and allows all 42 casks to come together to create a unique expression of The Balvenie that’s greater than the sum of its constituent parts.
Again I got a sample for this one. The Batch 1 was released in 2014 and the current running batch is #3 released in 2016.
This newbie from Balvenie is the worldwide replacement for the market-specific Tun 1401. The Tun 1401 consisted out of 11 traditional whisky casks & 3 sherry butts. The Tun 1509 has a larger volume vat (8,000 liters) that is now being filled with an equally eclectic mix of casks (42 casks ranging from 1970 to 1992) resulting in 11000 bottles.
Medium impact nose, complex with (PX) sherry notes and oak. Some earthy tones as well. Honey and sugarcane.
Sweet and spicy. Honey, sherry (PX) also there. Oily with slow tears in the glass.
Very sweet (honey) finish, long and lingering. With some light dryness and spice tones in the end. Also some light oak coming through in the end.
Very good whisky, nice depth and dynamics in nose and taste!
The price of the Tun 1509 is on the high side with approx. 325 euro’s so there are more interesting value for money options available. From what I understand (haven’t tasted one myself) is the Tun 1401 better.
Score = 89-91/100