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Balvenie Tun 1401

Overall rating 240 votes 91.37
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 5
Bottled
2012
Number of bottles
2862
Strength
50.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L34W451120514:15:58
Barcode
5010327527000
Added on
15 Jun 2012 2:47 pm
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 1247,00

6 bottles available

Lowest price on Market: £ 500,00

Buy in Market

Tastingtags

37 Notes

rottendon
Connoisseur rottendon Tasting note
12 Feb 2016 7:52 pm
rottendon gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Zu Beginn leicht spitzer Alkohol, dazu reife Früchte und zarter Rauch sowie etwas Marzipan. Nachdem die Nase sich gesetzt hat, ist für einen kurzen Augenblick eine weinige Note im Vordergrund, bevor saubere Sherry- und Bourbonnoten sich die Hand reichen. Unglaublich appetitanregend, sahnige Noten, Schokolade, Marzipan, Datteln, Kaminfeuer, Röstaromen, ein wenig Leder und staubiger Keller runden die Aromenpalette ab. Erwärmt nehmen der Sherry und die Eiche überhand, die Nase wirkt insgesamt weniger süß, dafür finden sich auch zunehmend saure Noten alter Eiche.

Taste

Tolles Mundgefühl, sich langsam entfaltende Kraft, dabei nicht zu süß und erstaunlich würzig. Ein ganzes Konglomerat an Gewürzen paart sich mit dunklem, leicht angebranntem Karamell und Malz. Daneben auch alles angenehme, was ein Eichenfass so mitbringt.

Finish

Auch im Abgang stehen süße, würzige und alte Noten in perfektem Einklang, die Eiche übernimmt am Ende das Zepter und sorgt für eine angenehme Länge. 

Comments

Ein sagenhaft ausbalancierter und machtvoller Whisky, da ist so ziemlich alles vorhanden, aber nichts davon drängt übermäßig oder gar aufdringlich in den Vordergrund. Ein Dram für ruhige Stunden im Ledersessel, klasse.

Gruß von hier...
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
06 Apr 2017 7:26 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 90 points

[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...

There is no accounting for taste...
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
31 Mar 2017 10:06 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 90 points

[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...

There is no accounting for taste...
hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
25 Jan 2017 6:00 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 90 points

[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.

Weighted Rate
89.8
Nose
91
Initial taste
90
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
80
Presentation
90
There is no accounting for taste...
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Note
10 Sep 2017 1:28 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points

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

thijs100
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
16 Aug 2017 2:39 pm
thijs100 gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Russetmuscat
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.

Comments
Signature Picture | Signature Picture
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
02 Mar 2016 7:55 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92
Nose
91
Initial taste
93
Body
94
Finish
93
Price
88
Presentation
90
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Tasting note
02 Mar 2016 7:03 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 92 points
Color
Russetmuscat
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

Comments
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
wekke
Expert Senior wekke Note
29 Jan 2016 1:16 pm
wekke gave this whisky 92 points
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.

“I like my whisky old and my women young.”
wekke
Expert Senior wekke Note
16 Aug 2015 12:24 am
wekke gave this whisky 92 points

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”

“I like my whisky old and my women young.”

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