Balvenie Tun 1401

Category Single Malt from Speyside, Scotland
Distillery
District Speyside
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie Batch #8
Bottled 2013
Casktype 9 American + 3 European Oak Casks
Strength 50.2 % Vol.
Number of bottles 2700
Size 700 ml
Price 319.00$ 408.32£ 252.01
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered Cask Strength
KayMeertens Tasting note
a couple of months ago
KayMeertens gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

Old furniture out of wood and leather in a church. Blueberry, plum, honey, hazelnut, toffee, almond, vanilla, peanut butter, orange, peach, cranberry, pepper and herbs such as eucalyptus.

Taste

Blueberry, leather, plum, dark cherry, mocha, honey, oak, Ricola candy, orange, peach, cranberry, pepper, clove and pencil shavings.

Finish

Mocha, hazelnut, leather, raisin, toffee, cherry, blueberry, cocoa, honey, cranberry and cigar boxes. Gets quite dry.

Comments

Beautiful. More sherried and more nutty than batch 5. Not sure which one I prefer, but this one has a better finish.

addyhd Review note
a couple of months ago
addyhd gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
91
Nose
90
Initial taste
91
Body
90
Finish
91
Price
89
Presentation
92
I'd rather have a full bottle in front of me, than a full frontal lobotomy.
Drochaid Note
less than a year ago
Drochaid gave this whisky 92 points

bottlers note: "Das achte batch ist zugleich floral und fruchtig im Aroma, mit Andeutungen von leicht gerösteten Gewürzen, braunem Zucker und reifer Vanille, was die sanften Eichentannine ausgleicht. Der reiche fruchtige Geschmack hat eine wärmende Würze von Zimt und Ingwer, unterstrichen von Ahornsirup, süßer Vanille und pikanten Citrusnoten. Im Nachklang sind Citrus, Vanille und sanfte Eichigkeit deutlich."

Drochaid
KAPITEIN KIPVIS Note
less than a year ago

European Sherry casks from: 1970, 1971, 1973.


American Oak casks from: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1991.
Erik Elixer Note
less than a year ago
Erik Elixer gave this whisky 90 points

N: almond paste, a bit sharp chocolate and fruity - apples
T: spices, rum beans, fruity and spices - gingerbread
F: medium drying with chocolate, malty and some spices
this Tun is the darkest color I have seen
tasted with Aby and JJ

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Titi94 Note
less than a year ago
Titi94 gave this whisky 89 points

NOTE DE DÉGUSTATION (LMDW) :

  • Couleur : vieil or à reflets cuivrés.
  • Nez : ferme, capiteux. Des noix fraîches, du curry et du café au lait témoignent de l"influence du xérès. Plus en retrait, des fruits exotiques (banane, ananas) et des fruits frais (pomme, mirabelle) soulignent l"emprise des fûts de bourbon. Ces deux facettes se trouvent réunies au cœur d"une aire de maltage exhalant des parfums d"orge chaude et humide. Des notes de frangipane et de cire d"abeille complètent ce tableau chaleureux.
  • Bouche : élégante, racée. Dans un premier temps, quelque peu timide, elle s"ouvre sur les fruits confits (abricot, datte, coco) et sur le gingembre frais. Le milieu de bouche est vanillé et légèrement cacaoté. Gourmande, elle évolue vers des notes de café liégeois et de havane alors que du sel se répand sur les papilles.
  • Finale : longue, onctueuse. Elle procure la sensation de mâcher un bâton de réglisse. L"influence du vin de xérès la fait évoluer vers les raisins de Corinthe et le caramel au beurre salé. La rétro olfaction est florale (jacinthe) et fruitée (prune, pêche). Le verre vide est épicé (cannelle) et boisé (chêne, cèdre).
  • Commentaire : la 8ème Release du The Balvenie Tun 1401 créé par David Stewart, le maître-assembleur emblématique de cette distillerie, est issue de l"assemblage de 9 fûts ayant contenu du bourbon et de 3 fûts ayant contenu du xérès. Si le rapport de force semble, sur le papier, largement tourné à l"avantage des premiers, il ne faut pas s"y tromper. Les fûts de xérès ont vendu chèrement leur peau avant de s"abandonner dans l"océan de fruits frais, de vanille et d"épices nobles émanant des fûts de bourbon.
Titi94 Note
about a year ago
Titi94 gave this whisky 89 points

Tasting Notes by Caskstrength.net:

Nose: A big nose crammed with rich apricot jam, honey, freshly cut ginger, toffee, cinnamon and liquorice. It is a heavy nose; big and rich and befitting of a well aged whisky.
Palate: Ginger cake, very rich and oily honey. Hints of Four Roses single barrel bourbon coming through (big red cherries and hot strawberry jam) with fresh vanilla pods. Some cinnamon.
Finish: Toffee apples, spices and that honey note again.
getz Tasting note
about a year ago
getz gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Brown sherry
Nose

It kicks off with the traditional Balvenie heather honey notes, real honey rather than just random sweetness, and flower petals, backed up by spicy cinnamon, old dark oak, wax polish and some leather. Traditional bourbon notes of fresh orchard fruit start out quite vibrant, but get a bit hidden by the sherry influence as the whisky develops in the glass.

Taste

The palate is much more balanced, with rich sherry, spicy oak and touches of pine resin acting as a base, with liquorice, menthol, blackberries and cinnamon filling out the darker flavours. On top of that is more honey, orange peel, peach skin, dried apricot, cinnamon toast, candied papaya (I think thatâ€

Finish

Lingering leather and woody spice are joined by some dried tropical fruit touches, and peach and plum stone bitter notes.

Comments

The sherry influence is different to the previous batch but still very noticeable, making this not only a definite part of the Tun 1401 series but also something a bit different and special over the regular Balvenie releases. I think itâ€

getz Note
about a year ago
getz gave this whisky 93 points

Tun 1401 Batch 8 is named for Malt Master David Stewart`s favourite marrying tun, used to create this whisky. It`s a multi-vintage combination of sherry and bourbon cask whiskies from the late 1960s through to the late 1980s and elegantly blends age and (comparative) youthful vigour.

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Overall rating
77 member votes
91.25
Average review ratings
Weighted Rate
90.50
Nose - Aroma
90.00
Initial taste
91.00
Body
90.00
Finish
91.00
Price
89.00
Presentation
92.00
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