Balvenie Tun 1401

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 5
5 Bourbon Casks & 4 Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
50.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
15 Jun 2012 2:52 pm

Average value

€ 850,60

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283 × member ratings

558 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie Tun 1401

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.33 points

  1. rottendon scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A fabulously balanced and powerful whisky, there is just about everything available, but none of it pushes excessively or even intrusively into the foreground. A dram for quiet hours in a leather chair, great.
    • Nose
      At first slightly spicy alcohol, with ripe fruit and delicate smoke and some marzipan. After the nose settles, a vinous note is in the foreground for a brief moment before clean sherry and bourbon notes reach out. Incredibly appetizing, creamy notes, chocolate, marzipan, dates, open fire, roasted aromas, a little leather and a dusty cellar complete the range of flavors. When heated, the sherry and oak turn the corner, the nose appears less sweet overall, but there are also increasingly sour notes of old oak.
    • Taste
      Great mouthfeel, slowly unfolding power, not too sweet and surprisingly spicy. A whole conglomeration of spices is paired with dark, slightly burnt caramel and malt. In addition, everything pleasant, what brings an oak barrel so.
    • Finish
      The finish is also sweet, spicy and old notes in perfect harmony, the oak takes over the scepter at the end and ensures a comfortable length.

  2. Whiskyjones did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    3 bourbon hogsheads 1966/72/73
    2 bourbon barrels 1974/91
    4 sherry butts 1970/71/72/75
    3 months marriage in tun 1401

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  I re-tasted it with some drops of water today and find much more bitter aromas on the palate.  A touch too bitter for my taste, but maybe I have more sensitive taste buds tonight (yes, it is true that your taste varies from day to day depending on a lot of factors as I have tested myself:  One is if you are tired - then your taste budes are usually more sensitive to unpleasant notes - and I slept last night a few hours only).  I will have another re-taste when I am well rested...

    [April, 2017] I am rested and relaxed today, so let us see... As expected no bitterness this time, just the usual and pleasant woody notes. So it seems true that your taste buds react more sensitive if you are tired or stressed...

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2017]  Really nice stuff, easy to sip and yes, delicious. Just the price tag is simply unreasonable.  But as long as people buy at these prices it seems okay, why should the distillery owners not maximize their profits?

    ...another sign of a further inflating whisky bubble.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Many whisky lovers and experts say, the batch #5 is the best. There must be some truth in it. Fetch a bottle if you can! 

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Compared it to batch 2. Much more sherry-driven, not so much the waxy honeyed ex-bourbon profile which that one has. It can't compete with that one for that reason, even though the finish is better.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Cherry, plum, caramel, minerals, orange and hazelnut. With water more orange and a bit of honey.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Caramel, orange, cherry, plum, honey and nutmeg. Water releases melon and more wood spices.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Cocoa, caramel, hazelnut, almond and orange.

  7. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89


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