Balvenie Tun 1509

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 5
10 Brb., 8 Sherry H, 3 RF Am Oak, 8 Sherry Bu
Number of bottles
52.6 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
26 Jun 2018 7:59 pm by Kris

Average value

€ 307,83

30 × in wishlist

54 × member ratings

162 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie Tun 1509

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.71 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    yummy - colorful - spicy - fruity - but way too expensive (~ 280 € early 2019), compared to a nice retro style dark sherry TUN 1401 this is a lot of yellow but of high quality, but much younger and in a modern style - I have something other expected
    • Nose
      90 90
      zesty fresh orange and lemon, dried dates, yellow raisins, a touch of leather and autumn leaves, freshly sawn slightly resinous boards, creme brulee, vanilla, lightly burnt oatmeal cookies, increasingly dense and sweet, honey, apricot jam,
    • Taste
      89 89
      Resin, mint, tree sap, bark, laurel, rosemary, orange, raisins, creamy pudding cheesecake - yellowish fruit - very aromatic with beautiful woody aromas without making it bitter
    • Finish
      88 88
      dried dates and figs, beautiful long-lasting woody flavors, fresh and minty with hints of pepper

  2. Buecherwurm scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Balvanie Tun 1509 WID: 114248
    Abv. 52.6%, 10 Bourbon Barrels, 8 Sherry Hogsheads, 3 Refill American Oak, 8 Sherry Butts
    Nose: flower and acacia honey, creamy fudge, vanilla pudding with caramel sauce, very sweet and tasty, the young and old parts harmonize very well
    Taste: round and sweet, on the palate there is significantly more sherry than in the nose and the vanilla harmonises well with the red fruits,
    Finish: Medium long, the palate sounds, but reveals no new flavors, which is really no shame on this great palate
    Conclusion: This whisky is really tasty and tasty, but also offers a lot to discover. Unfortunately he was so easygoing that I completely forgot my enjoyment to write more notes.

  3. Tano77 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Kmisajet scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    To the gentleman going on about NAS, that has nothing to do with it. They are forbidden from placing multiple ages on a whisky and have to list the youngest whisky in the bottle as the official age. That law might not be a big deal if there are a couple drops of 17 year old and the whisky has to be listed as 15 because that's the youngest spirit used. It makes a big difference when we are talking about 29 casks spread across a decade or two. Also, the age of the juice isn't the point of this project. It's to see what Stewart and company can do with different casks that might not be released as singles for a number of different reasons. You can always contact Balvenie and ask them about the age statements of the individual casks. They used to readily provide this information for some of the Tun 1401 releases. Doesn't hurt to ask.

  5. asmazda scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I have had batches 1-5 of Tun 1509. The evolution of taste over the batches makes me think they are hiding behind NAS labeling and no longer putting any old juice in the mix and shifting maturation towards active wood. But that's not to say this latest batch is flawed other than arguably it is a bit simple for the price.

    I'm revising my score up by two points because after additional tastings and some air time it tastes much less "spikey" and has become overall more candy-esque.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fairly soft and shy, but very creamy. Milk chocolate, oranges, apricots, and ginger. Attractive nose but loses points for being too simple and shy.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet and spicy with some spikey moments. Tastes as it noses... reminds me of a Tootsie Roll for some reason.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium, dryer with oak tannins, more chocolate and some dried figs and dates. Tootsie Roll in a glass. Did I mention I loved Tootsie Rolls when I was a kid?

  6. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Delicious whisky as it should be, but too expensive for me.
    • Nose
      Subtle, chocolate, fruit
    • Taste
      A traditional sweet, full and good on age. Chocolate with a nice fresh fruity aftertaste. It's just right.
    • Finish
      Long after

  7. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    an "assembly" of several different casks, previously rested at least 21 years!
    • Nose
      the wood, the oak barrel!
      sweet spices, malt, a honeyed side, a little smoke
    • Taste
      velvet in the mouth, it's almost obvious, but fine, with dust, varnish lacquered on a chair half wood, half leather, the fruits are made in sherry with candied yellow fruits,
      back of the wood
    • Finish
      on spices, a velvety flavor, a little cocoa, characteristic but finely chopped sherry and wood on the oak!

  8. Lakerfield scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Tasted at slijterij Gevo on 7-7-18. This was my first experience with a Balvenie Tun release but I didn't write down any notes.

    This whisky showed a remarkable balance without being boring at all.
    That's not something I come across very often. It has a not overly done sherried profile, along with dried fruits and gentle spices. Tastewise it feels young and old at the same time. It's vibrant with a little punch but at the same time very elegant and velvety.

    A very good NAS whisky, but not worth the price in my opinion. Rating is solely based on taste.


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