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Balvenie Tun 1401

Overall rating
91.22/100
votes
318
Whiskybase ID
WB33521
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 5
Bottled
2012
Casktype
5 Bourbon Casks & 4 Sherry Butt
Casknumber
see note
Number of bottles
2862
Strength
50.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L34W 4511 2051
Barcode
5010327527000
Added on
15 jun 2012 2:52 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2025.83

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587 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie Tun 1401

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.22 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. Calmar scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    A masterpiece of whisky, a breathtaking, inexhaustible, millennial aroma, the taste / finish that corresponds to it to the fullest extent, it’s just a fairy tale, nectar, the perfect combination of many derivatives, complexity, depth and simplicity and clarity, openness, excellent work.
    • Nose
      Restrained, moist, first nose - fruit and mineral; fruity floral notes, cognac, sweet pastry shades - baklava, shortbread cookies with jam; honey, propolis, aromatic wood - cherry, apple tree; vanilla, a little furniture lacquer, charming foliage and a little sulfur-mineral tones in the background, raisins, a muscatel, sauternes, very rich and rich, just an inexhaustible fountain of aroma.
    • Taste
      Soft, calm, rich, sweet-woody, raisins, muscatel, sauternes, sweet fruit and pastry shades, lemonade, candied fruit, tropical fruits, honey-herbal notes, floral shades, a little minerality, sulfur, light industrial tones.
    • Finish
      Light, refreshing, mineral-honey, floral-herbal, oak, vanilla, bitter young bark, coffee, dark chocolate, candied ginger, orange peel.

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    I'm not a Balvenie fan - not really - but the stuff hits my nerve - just delicious - unfortunately very expensive
    • Nose
      92 92
      The nose needs some hand warmth on this winter day to unfold - only time alone does not help.
      First notes very old high-quality EX Bourboncasks - delicate juniper, nutmeg, orange, a little grassy, some furniture polish many different facets warm sweetish old wood flavors, planks, furniture, planks, sawdust
      Then come the beautiful old sherry aromas, dates, figs, orange, cherries, red berries full, oily, with fine Wachseintrag, tobacco - super smooth and dense
    • Taste
      94 94
      Leather, tobacco, furniture polish, palm wax wax cream, chocolates and nut cascades, kirsch, cherry jam, plum jam - all perfectly connected - lively, vibrant, intense
    • Finish
      93 93
      The palate simply continues seamlessly - fine herbs, more woody aspects, ground leather, tobacco full - dried flowers, jasmine, a bit meaty like good old bacon, at the same time fruity and very long

  5. 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

  6. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A great whisky! Complex and delicious. 89 points.
    • Nose
      Sherry toned. Berries, Red Apple, Dates, Caramel.
    • Taste
      Burnt caramel, spicy oak. Baked apple.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, oak.

  8. 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...

  9. 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! 

  10. fransoif@bdx scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    From the nose to the finish, complexity balances bourbon/sherry barrels and honey/spice/oak flavors with a slightly dirty but light je ne sais quoi, just right.
    The finale is of infinite length and constantly varies around the central theme with a terrible meaty side!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  11. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Whiskyfun: This time it’s a vatting of five sherry and four bourbon casks (update, it's the other way 'round), the oldest being a venerable 1966 and the youngest a 1991. Colour: amber. Nose: oh well, this is very intriguing, it starts on notes of dark trappist beer (I had a Westmalle the other day that was smelling a bit like this Balvenie). That means ‘good’ caramel, cereals, a lot of malt and then more chocolate and heavy honey (chestnut and such). Superbly unusual. After that, more ‘classic’ dried fruits including plums and raisins. Very interesting… With water: stunning beehivy notes. Mouth (neat): firm and smooth at the same time, fruity and rounded, very sexy. I’d swear the old cask had a lot too say, even if it was probably quite woody (which may have become an asset to the vatting while that might have been ‘too much’ for a single cask). Bags of sultanas, barrows of ripe apricots and lorries of plums and oranges plus touches of cinnamon, dark chocolate and honeydew. Dangerously drinkable, even when neat. With water: almost extraordinary, I’m a fan. This series was a masterstroke. Finish: not the longest but I love glazed chestnuts and there are millions in there. Comments: I’m not sure I don’t like this one even better than the previous batches. SGP:641 - 91 points. http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveseptember12-1.html#140912

  12. IIIZIII scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    2021.01.17
    • Nose
      Very fruity and surprisingly clean sherry. Red fruits, blackcurrant, beautiful fruity and woody balance, no alcoholic edge. Black berry, strangely jam-like fruits, baking spices. Just a little milk chocolate in the mix. The trademark honey is walnet honey here for sure.
    • Taste
      Old fruit jam, plum, blackberries. The strength is pitch perfect in terms of drinkability. Luckily the oak is not that obvious on the finish and shifts harmonously with the fruits. Not drying at all
    • Finish
      Quiet tannic, aromatic wood, all the was up to the fiish

  13. sphinx scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  14. keizerjos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The highest-scoring whisky I drank until now. 2 cl sample, thanks to Jacoba Ed !!
    Somewhat impressed - fair is fair - I smell my blenders glass. The smell is overwhelming - a lot of alcohol, so I'll wait a while.
    Add a piece of good chocolate (70% cocoa, pure natural) - I think that helps, it gets a lot of aromas from whisky that you might otherwise have missed.
    The fragrance is getting milder now. Really needs a while. Granular, not sweet, spicy; citrus; orange peel, leather, furniture wax, apricot, dried fruit - figs, dates.
    Creamy and complex on the palate; it is not easy to interpret the flavors. The spicy aspect continues, the dried fruits too; there is a firm pepper and still some bite from the alcohol. The finish is nice and long, a bit dry, with tropical fruit and oriental spices - five spice powder like in Amrut but much more refined.
    Don't get me wrong, this is very good whisky - but something is wrong with my palette or it's overrated. Complex, subtle, varied, yes - 90-plus, 600 euros per bottle, no, certainly not. I miss the conviction, the surprise, the "must-have-I" effect. Yesterday I drank a Bladnoch 15 (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/156613/bladnoch-2005) that blew me off my chair in one go - that's 90 plus. This is just okay. No more and no less.

  15. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Very balanced and drinkable - great!
    • Nose
      94 94
      Toffee, dried fruits, plums, figs, chocolate, spices, nutmeg, sherry wood, little nutty - great!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oily, creamy, sirupy, subtle sweetness, more chocolate, dried fruits, fine sherry wood - really good!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium long, warm, little more spicy

  16. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      91 91

  17. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    No disappointment here. A balance foolproof. It's really great, especially the nose.
    • Nose
      A very noble nose. With a perfect camphor entourage. Peach syrup, fir honey, light tangerine skin.
      Butter, salted butter caramel.
      Christmas cake with sugar icing. Very pastry chef.
      Orange blossom, meringue. Rose and Turkish delight.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is sweet and perfectly balanced.
      Fruit, peach with syrup again, green apple, pear, clementine. Herbs of Provence.
      Then always the pastry chef, especially on the butter.
    • Finish
      Final on camphor, butter, fruit in syrup. Very good and balanced again.

  18. 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.

  19. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  21. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  22. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Perhaps hs305 is correct because there is some bitterness in this now, yes  am a little tired, I never noticed this before.

  23. thijs100 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Polished leather, wood varnish, menthol and tobacco leaves. Shows some lighter touches a little later on, with fresh apples, orange juice, as well as some floral touches, accompanied by honey. The balance is incredible.
    • Taste
      Lovely citrus fruits. Oranges, lemons and pink grapefruit, but also varnish, leather and menthol, with a whiff of smoke. Some notes of cinnamon, as well as a gentle peppery edge. There's honey here too, and the oak is undeniable.
    • Finish
      Spicy and oaky notes at first, but then lingers on fruits for a long time.

  24. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  25. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    I do not think water is needed so smooth at 50%.

    WITH WATER

    The nose is sweeter ,with notes of hot buttered toast.

    The palate is creamier and there is more spicy fizziness.

    The finish is a little shorter but who cares.

    Lovely stuff
    • Nose
      Rich, caramel, toffee, a little full bodied red wine, a touch of menthol.
    • Taste
      Rich, chewy an initial wave of sweetness on strawberry and peaches in syrup.

      A little caramel and something really juicy like rich sultanas

      Beautiful and creamy
    • Finish
      Long, fizzy with a bit of ginger spice

  26. wekke scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior



    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt



    Nose:
    A thousand milk chocolate bars unwrapped and melted in a cauldron over
    an oak fire. Punnets of dried fleshy fruits are then thrown in with
    cinnamon, nutmeg and tumeric to create a rich malty fug of whisky.
    Palate:
    Batch 5 has a mouthfeel silkier than silk, more like velvet than,
    well... velvet. The chocolate returns but this time with slices of
    oranges and lemons, then it opens up in a wave of caramel and
    butterscotch.
    Finish:
    The finish is layered like an onion, if each layer was a different
    citrus fruit/brand of toffee/type of spice. The subtlety of this whisky
    is in the finish, as it opens up and reveals more and more: fresh fruit,
    ground coffee, malt, the list goes on and on.
    Overall:
    Few whiskies offer such dexterity whilst maintaining drinkability. The
    Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5 is impeccably balanced and soft but without
    ever compromising flavour or intricacy at any point.



  27. wekke scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Selected from five traditional whisky casks & four sherry butts from
    Warehouse 24, the contents were transferred into the impressive Tun
    1401 – a traditional oak marrying vessel cared for by the distillery’s
    onsite team of coopers.

    Several months later emerged an exceptionally complex single malt Scotch
    whisky whose constituent parts aged across decades have come together
    to meet David’s exacting standards.

    David Stewart said: “Working with whiskies of this age is both a delight
    & a challenge, their individual characteristics are so rich &
    complex. Determining which of the vintage whiskies will work together
    takes time and it is important to do justice to them”

  28. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  29. newman346 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Balvenie OB Tun 1401 Batch # 5 bottled 2012 50.1% vol. 700 ml 2,862 btls. 4 sherry butts distilled in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975 and 5 American oak casks from 1966, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1991. American oak casks number: 5241, 7044, 17894, 2384, 439 sherry butts number: 6444, 13144, 13838, 978 It is unavoidable that we can not afford to drink after all Balvenie OB Tun 1401 Batch # 5! Looking at Bottle, I feel like I was overwhelmed by the power.Color: The color of richness and richness than the movie of Batch 3! It is good that there is no heavy feeling with this solid massage Nose: Sushi's soy sauce Gish! It seems that the change in the flavor of each barrel changes swiftly.Attach: Strength with little roughness Rough strength is perfect.Asada It is a tolerance of slightly sticky like Batch: Excellent dynamic feeling that you can play from other batches ! Just be cautious, so please be glad this! Taste: The young and aged flavor gets more and more intertwined: brown sugar → honey flash → maple syrup → burning bean paste → Umeboshi mochi! Finish: Exquisite flower by returning from the taste which it returns to the child's heart such as ice cream and chocolate taste cream puff! aroma! Recently I got many old Age Balvenies, so it was a great time to come across the Balvenie with the youth I could play for the first time in a while. https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyharsy4yn32b

  30. Jeep51 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very elegant malt. It is perfectly mastered and well balanced. Really well done
    • Nose
      Very elegant. A light oak, a little vanilla, a lot of spices but these are not dominant: nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon. Tobacco is also present, as well as rancio, nuts and varnish. In short, it is complex with a relative aromatic power but it is only more precise.
    • Taste
      Much more power than the nose. Between vanilla sweetness, waxy and spicy (as on the nose, spices are also very numerous). A little more wood here but especially leather and tobacco, and also a lot of dried fruit or candied: currants, candied orange especially
    • Finish
      Long, spices gain in power and pepper makes its appearance. Slightly toasted also.

  31. st7 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  32. wekke scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) 2013 - Master - Speyside Single Malt Special Edition

    International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013 - Silver Outstanding - Scotch Single Malt - Speyside

  33. Defeatless scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Ohw yeah, this is what you are looking for. Sweet flowery notes. Sherried oak. Honey, whipped cream. Vanilla icecream. Confectionairy. Oranges. Dusty books.

    Initial taste: a liquid orgasm! chocolate cookies, hint of sherry, orange, and some vanilla oak.

    Body: medium-heavy. Lovely for this whisky.

    Finish: long. Dry sweet. sherry prevails more

    Price: well it is expensive, but the best whisky I've tasted. Wasn't that expensive at launch. By then well worth the money.

    Presentation: Very well. Just very well. Average age is well over 30 years!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  34. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The Tun 1852 Batch 2 is more fruity and open-minded than the Tun 1401 Batch 5. He impresses above all with his great nose. The 1401, however, is a heavy malt. He has seductive sherry and woody notes, which seem a bit more profound. They are both very nice whiskys, albeit very different. For around 150 pounds sterling (in 2012) a good price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      At first very closed. Needs some time in the glass to open. Start something musty (old slippers) and something metallic. Then it becomes peaty with fruit flavors (wine gum) and old leather. Later, then roasted malt, sherry and a slight saltiness. 2nd impression: forest soil / foliage, milk chocolate, yoghurt, peat and salt.
    • Taste
      Velvety and full of entrance. Glowing sherry, soft cedar and wonderful oriental spices. Everything is very nice and balanced.
    • Finish
      The finish is glowing and long. Will be a bit bitter and dry, but really only something.

  36. numen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    With water, everything is cast into greater relief, and the honey and
    wax win out. The other fruit and wood flavors recede. A stellar bottle,
    and I'm not one who usually is keen on apple flavors (especially green)
    in my whiskies, but it's not dominant or troublesome here for me.

    purchased sample
    • Nose
      This baby is deep and just loaded with a ton of aromas. Green apples,
      cereal, chocolate malt, off-sweet honey, beeswax, acidic chardonnay
      wine, and yeasty like a sharp Champagne. Trace amounts of date, grape
      juice, and raisins.
    • Taste
      All over the place and laden with contrasts, yet it all works
      completely. It's silky, yet rich. Sweet and also a bit bitter from the
      wood. Awesome honey. A sense that maybe one of the bourbon casks took on
      a lot of wood, but it provides great balance. More fruit - apples,
      raisins, cinnamon, papaya, sweet orange stone fruit, and eau de vie from
      the same fruits. Maybe even a hint of banana.
    • Finish
      All in the glow of the palate and nose. Fantastic depth and length.
      Maybe it's from the wood, but there's a great smoky bacon flourish, too.

  37. Gronqvist scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wood spices, dark prunes, dates, figs, raisins, vanilla, butterscotch, milk chocolate, honey, black coffee and a touch of peach / apricot and ginger. A rich malty Fug of whisky. 
    • Taste
      Silky smooth with honey, butterscotch, raisins, prunes, bitter dark chocolate with slices of oranges and lemons. Later on caramel, toffee, burnt caramel, roasted caramelized nuts and hints of Demerara sugar and coffee.
    • Finish
      Orange, dried fruit, burnt caramel, citrus fruit and, toffee. The subtlety of this whisky is the finish, as it opens up and reveals more and more fresh fruit, coffee, malt, the list goes on and on.

  38. Wild Thing scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This Balvenie is definitely worth the money.
    • Nose
      Milk chocolate and dried dark fruits with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Oak and vanilla also come to light. Very complex aroma.
    • Taste
      Velvet soft almost like silk. Then the chocolate is back, garnished with orange slices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and coffee. Light wood notes are to taste and sweet honey. All in all, very complex.
    • Finish
      The finish is incredible ... Long very strong, spicy, sweet incredibly complex.

  39. j j scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  40. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Prune, leather, apple compote, honey, oak, tobacco, apricot, blackberry, toffee, milk chocolate, orange, cinnamon and ginger. Amazing nose, very mature but still sufficient power.
    • Taste
      Plum jam, cherry, leather, oak, pepper, liquorice, apple compote, orange, currant, autumn leaves, herbal candy, honey and a bit of mocha.
    • Finish
      Warming with plum, pepper, liquorice, cherry and mocha. Eventually some rhubarb and rubber. The finish is the least interesting part in my opinion.

  41. Malt Hans scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fruity and spicy aroma, mango, raisins, apricot, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, toffee, nail polish, almonds and malt. Vanilla sweet taste, ginger, mint, ripe banana, pepper, resin, burnt alomonds, grapefruit marmalade, dark chocolate, walnuts and coffee. Long, fruity spicy and herbal end.

  42. Titi94 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Master medal at The Scotch Whisky Masters 2013.

  43. Titi94 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    LMDW tasting notes: Color: deep gold. Nose: subtle trio of dried fruits (nuts), rancio and undergrowth. Citrus fruits (orange), nectarines, take over to bring their Andalusian sunbeam. More animal notes, leather, but also tobacco, milk chocolate and malted barley complete the picture and the spices will accompany the taster all along. Palate: silky to perfection, it confirms all the aromas of the nose. Spices are more present on cinnamon and nutmeg. Red fruits come to soften the dynamism of oranges and lemons. The influence of bourbon is more real with its notes of pepper and caramel. Final: oscillates between citrus and caramel. With time, scents of noble wood and tobacco develop to reveal aromas of ground coffee.

  44. Titi94 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Bottler`s Notes:
    Nose: A profusion of fragrant fruit to the nose before sweet vanilla emerges alongside honey and spices.

    Palate: The taste is a velvety smooth balance between sweetness and oak tannin, underpinned by a sherried character full of dried fruits and a cinnamon and ginger spiciness.Finish: Rich, sweet and spicy.

  45. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N: spices, bees wax, honey, wood, dusty, forest fruit
    T: spices, bitter, sharp, liquorice, coffee, custard, dusty, orange and whole meal bread
    F: medium with syrup, drying, citrus - lemon, soft spices, orange peel and some (wood) smoke

  46. bakerman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    great complexity
    • Nose
      Malty, wood, cinnamon, ginger bread, chocolate and honey, very complex
    • Taste
      spicy, pepper, apricot, cinnamon, chocolate
    • Finish
      long, spicy, chocolate, dry

  47. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Shows real complexity. I loved.
    • Nose
      A blend of bourbon and complex sherry, melted.
    • Taste
      Quite powerful and woody
    • Finish
      Long

  48. whiskas scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Comments: This is a blend of 4 sherry casks and 5 bourbon casks, married together for 3 months. The oldest from 1966 and the youngest from 1991.
    • Nose
      Ohh one of those whiskies you could nose for hours. Very fruity and
      complex with many layers. The first thing that hits you is honey,
      beeswax and varnish. Then apricote jam, peaches, plums, mango, melon,
      apple, oranges & lemon zest. Also vanilla, syrup, demerara sugar,
      dark dried fruits; sultana raisins, figs, dates. Then some banana,
      coconut, ice coffee, toffe, milk chocolate and almonds. Mixed sipices
      with cinnamon, nutmeg, anise and a hint of mint.
    • Taste
      Rich, sweet, silky and round. Moutcoating syrup, apricote jam,
      peach, plum, mango, honey, chocolate, butterscotch, oranges and lemon
      zest. The dark fruits from the nose is also present in the taste
      together with caramlized almonds and coffee. Lots of spice; cinnamon,
      nutmeg, pepper, anise & ginger.
    • Finish
      Medium long gentle fading finish with honey, toffe, cocoa,
      apricote, malt, coffe and citrus fruits. There is also traces of cinnamon,
      cloves, nutmeg and anise.

  49. Drochaid scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Aroma: Wonderful fruit, sweet vanilla and honey notes, spicy. Taste: On the palate, velvety and balanced. The sweetness and tannins of the oak are nicely balanced. Sherry - Character full of dried fruits, cinnamon and ginger spices. Finish: Rich, sweet and spicy.

  50. Jonkers scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Take a zip from this great whisky and it will explode in your mouth after many taste sensations reveal themselves. Sensational ! I prefer to drink it without water but when you add some water the nose, the taste and the finish are scoring a bit lower. Nevertheless: i am glad i'm a Balvenie-lover. David Stewart: you really are a magician !
    • Nose
      Wood (oak). Vanilla and honey. White chocolate. Very fresh. Hay, caramel and cinnamon. Also hints of coffee. Very complex !
    • Taste
      Oily and mouthfillibng. Oak and tropical fruit like banana. Vanilla, honey and also hints of sherry. Raisins.
    • Finish
      At first very dry but then very sweet from the honey and also the sherry. Medium.

  51. D3US scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    A truly massive dram. The best Balvenie I've tasted to date. Not for a tight budget, but totally worth it if you get the chance to buy one. I actually prefer this without water, it gives a more intense sensation. With water it's great too, but more subtle, with nothing truly standing out. 
    • Nose
      Oranges, chocolate, honey and vanilla. Some nice oak and malt, still very fresh citrus aromas. Some fudge now as well, and sticky caramel, like when you crack open a bonbon. Some spices and coffee. With water more sherry, cinnamon and milder. A hint of mint. Still has the same vanilla, chocolate and honey sweetness. 
    • Taste
      Chewy and a lot more oak now, a spicy edge as well. Honey and dark sweetness, but again, very fresh. Raisins and plums. Very dry at first, but after that sweet chocolate, dark fruits and coffee. With water more freshness and the prickle is less strong. More spices now though, less intense sweetness.
    • Finish
      A layer remains on the tongue, keeping all the flavors for a long time. Sweet sherry, dark fruits, chocolate and again, coffee. Still, the fresh feeling remains. With water less intense, more freshness and oily. Everything is slightly more subtle. 

  52. MacIslay scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Bourbon Cask`s

    #5241, #7044, #17894, #2384, #439.

    Sherry Butt`s

    #6444, #13144, #13838, #978

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