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
L34W 4511 2051
Added on
15 Jun 2012 2:52 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 1255,89

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie Tun 1401

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.28 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. 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.

  3. 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

  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

    [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...

  6. 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

  7. 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! 

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  9. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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.

  10. 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.


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