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Balvenie Tun 1401

Overall rating 190 votes 91.25
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 8
Bottled
2013
Casktype
9 American + 3 European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
2700
Strength
50.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010327527000
Added on
04 Jun 2013 10:36 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Member rates

447 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 23
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 23

Tastingtags

24 Notes

thijs100
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
16 Aug 2017 2:44 pm
thijs100 gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Mahogany
Nose

Cacao powder, dark chocolate, burnt honey butter and black tea. Next up is a whiff of cherry syrup, plums and ripe banana, as well as some old damp wood, vanilla and furniture polish. This too, is balanced to perfection.

Taste

Rather syrupy, and a lot more sherry influence than Batch 5. Juicy plums, raisins and strawberries, but also some spicier notes of ginger and cinnamon. Quite a lot of leather, and resinous too. Finally there's dark chocolate, and just a whiff of menthol.

Finish

Lingers on menthol and spices for a long time. Drying.

Comments
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hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Note
06 Apr 2017 7:14 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 89 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 10:25 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 89 points

[March, 2017]  I retasted it today and find it significantly more oaky both on the palate and during the finish.  A touch too woody 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 7:32 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 89 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
88.6
Nose
90
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
91
Price
80
Presentation
90
There is no accounting for taste...
Macheye
Expert Junior Macheye Tasting note
28 Jul 2017 9:22 am
Macheye gave this whisky 93 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

Pronounced, expressive and pretty damn glorious to boot. A melting pot of aromas drawing from both vibrant, fruity bourbon casks and richly spiced sherry butts. Prominent tropical bananas and pineapples conjugate with cherries, dried fruits (rum soaked raisins), dark chocolate and coffee grounds. Sweetness from big toffee notes and wild heathery honey is counterbalanced by some seriously aged aromas of old leather chairs, heavy furniture polish and huge plumes of dense tobacco smoke. Interestingly, repeat nosings draw out one characteristic or the other – sometimes the big basket of sultry ripe fruit, other times the dusty old library with its aged sherry affections. There’s a lot going on here. Wood is pervading and comes across so dark as to almost seem like ebony rather than oak. This leads unsurprisingly to tangible sharp spice notes of cinnamon and ginger.  

Taste

Viscous and opulent with a superb translation from the nose to the palate. The deeper sherry notes are now starting to take control from the fresher more lively bourbon inflections (and indeed the longer you leave this glass to rest the more this becomes the case). Rich plums, prunes and other dried fruits along with increased oak spiciness from cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Excellent balance of sweetness to bitterness with our toffee now firmly tranformed in to gloopy butterscotch and chewy liquorice. Polish is diminished, but leathers are heightened – again the aged components of this marriage are coming to the fore to make themselves known.

Finish

Long and lingering with a fairly tannic dryness. Spicy with pepperiness coming across strongly. And here comes the only misstep – the bitterness is quite infiltrating at this point with a real sharpness in the finish.

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Kabaske
Member Senior Kabaske Note
27 Jul 2017 1:10 pm

25/6/2017: Geproefd via een 3cl sample.

Neus

Duidelijke sherry, met rijpe kersen, banaan, beetje nougat, melkchocolade, beetje drop op de achtergrond, erg vol en rijke geur, honing

Smaak

Mix tussen fris en exotisch rijp fruit en rode vruchten (peer, mango, kersen, perzik), kleine beetje leer, klein beetje droog (hout), ook hier wat chocolade, gekarameliseerde noten, er zit ook iets 'fris' in (munt/eucalyptus), dik en waxy (maar niet die kleverige siroop)

Afdronk

Lekker zoet, beetje hout, blijft nazinderen op een erg aangename manier (als in, ik wil steeds opnieuw proeven). Ook het frisse (muntige) blijft

Toemi
Expert Senior Toemi Review note
20 May 2017 4:16 pm
Toemi gave this whisky 92 points
Weighted Rate
92
Nose
93
Initial taste
92
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
92
Presentation
92
St. Pauli
Connoisseur St. Pauli Tasting note
20 Jan 2017 9:48 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

Yes, as old Balvenie as it gets! Heather honey, waxy barley, a little vanilla, blood orange and orange zest. But that's not all folks! Sherry influences of raisins, blackcurrant, blueberry, prune, mint, sherry sourness and sweetness, damp oak. It's incredibly soft, complex, enticing and all of that!

Taste

Oily and delicate, although a quite some pepper shows up. But that works as the rest is incredibly balanced. Honey, orange and oak fight for dominance. After that comes wax, dark and dried fruit, mint, some earthy notes and roasted nuts. 

Finish

Moderate, spicy on pepper, ginger and a faint hint of cinnamon. Further, it gets nuttier and nuttier (almond), but stays fruity, minty and woody too. In other words, it's complex from beginning till the end.

Comments

An absolute cracker, this bottling. It's so very well blended, my deepest respect for the master blender. It's complex, smooth yet with a kick, and it entertains from the beginning to the end.

Cheers! Paul
WillemvdK
Expert Junior WillemvdK Note
04 Jun 2016 10:04 pm
WillemvdK gave this whisky 92 points

A real nosing whisky. You could spend an hour just nosing this beauty and it gets better by the minute. It changes character with time. A feature of only the greatest. This is spectacular. I enjoyed my 3cl in more than an hour and anyone else should too (or even longer).

lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
02 Mar 2016 8:38 pm
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90.2
Nose
90
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
88
Presentation
90

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