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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 2:47 pm

Average value

€ 1091.53

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie Tun 1401

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.43 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. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [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 tastebuds react more sensitive if you are tired or stressed...

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  I retasted 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 tastebuds 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 tastebudes are
    usually more sensitive to unpleasant notes - and I slept last night a
    few hours only...).  I will have another retaste when I am well rested...

  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. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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


    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

  10. wekke scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    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.
    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
    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.
    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.


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