Balvenie Tun 1401

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 5
5 Bourbon Casks & 4 Sherry Butt
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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

€ 1996.36

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571 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie Tun 1401

50 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.24 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

    [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. 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...

  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. 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

  9. IIIZIII scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • 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

  10. sphinx scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior


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