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Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch No.1 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 47.1%
The Balvenie Tun 1509 follows in the footsteps of the legendary Tun 1401 series, which collectively set the whisky world alight by intriguing both anorak and collector. This was no mere blending exercise of varying cask types as many expressions have, and continue to achieve today. Its significance lied within its make-up, with the now retired David Stewart, selecting dominant cask types - many quite possibly outstanding in their own right - of both ex-sherry & ex-bourbon from decades past (60's, 70's, 80's etc), to marry . To highlight the substance behind one of these creations; Batch 1 of Tun 1401 was a six cask vatting of - a 1973 Sherry Butt, a 1972 Sherry Hogshead and American casks from 1966, 1974, 1978 and 1988.
After almost manic demand worldwide the '1401' series ceased after 9 batches which were spread across world markets. In 2014, Tun 1509 was then commissioned, quadrupling 1401's 2,000L capacity, to combat global demand and to finally produce a worldwide release. Balvenie's Global Brand Ambassador; Sam Simmons had maintained the new tun will be capable of producing a similar recipe to that used for Tun 1401, just on a larger scale.
This first instalment of Balvenie Tun 1509 comprised of 42 casks, including 35 American oak barrels and seven European oak Sherry butts. As with 'Tun 1401', all the casks have been allowed to marry together for a period of several months. This release has otherwise sold out globally. Only 1 bottle available.
Other reviews... This newbie from Balvenie is the worldwide replacement for the market-specific Tun 1401. A larger volume vat (8,000 liters) is now being filled with an equally eclectic mix of casks (42 casks ranging from 1970 to 1992). Deep amber; this has substance but being Balvenie, it’s gentle: orange blossom/Manuka honey edged with spice, marmalade, scented woods, and a little frangipane. The palate shows a supple, rippling power with some apricot, cinnamon, and root ginger. Awfully good. 91 points - www.maltadvocate.com (Winter 2014) Reviewed by: Dave Broom