Balvenie Tun 1401

Overall rating
91.11/100
votes
264
Whiskybase ID
WB42471
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 10:46 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 2613.63

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Whisky reviews for Balvenie Tun 1401

36 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.11 points.

  1. Gil firth scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    The best Tun I had. Outstanding sherry old notes. Chocolate, ripe fruits, wax, honey.

  2. RobbievdB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    One of my mates shared a pour of this awesome whisky. Such a high-class and elegant Balvenie. Current prices are ridiculous obviously but the experience is rock solid and the quality very high. This Balvenie, that's made out of several '70s barrels, gives a real old style sherried whisky palate with lots of sweets like fudge, marmelade and those chocolate covered and sugared orange candies. But also dried middle eastern fruits mixed with red forest fruits, nicely complemented by some polish and leather aromas. Highly, highly recommended.

  3. dodowhat scored this whisky 96 points Newbie

    honey flavor

  4. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Great sherry whisky from old sherry barrels.

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    beautiful peat meets subtle elegant sherry
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  6. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Whiskyfun: More or less the same proportions for this UK-only bottling of 2,700 skittles. I believe it was the last Tun 1401 ever, before they started to issue much larger batches under the Tun 1509 moniker. Colour: amber, so darker than batch 7. Nose: more floral, wit peonies, and more sherried for sure, which the colour already suggested. More walnuts, a touch of bacon, then seven bags of raisins of all kinds, heather honey, and then simply notes of old sherry. Not sherried whisky, sherry as a wine. You know, Jerez. With water: a game-y side, some old hay, soy sauce, umami, chicken soup… Well, this is a Spartan story, three sherry casks managed to force nine bourbon casks to their knees. Mouth (neat): there’s this oakiness again, but this time it mingles with the spirit rather better, creating a mentholy and liquoricy profile that works a treat. Vicks, Seville oranges, peppermint, black pepper… You do feel the pepper in the back of your throat even before you’ve swallowed one single drop. With water: classic, complex, herbal, minty, and very raisiny. A blend of oloroso with PX (I know, a crime). Finish: rather long, smoother, never too oaky, with a dry aftertaste. Dry aftertastes always call for more. Comments: simply better. I mean, more to my liking… SGP:651 - 90 points. http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveoctober16-2-Redbreast-Balvenie-Karuizawa-Clynelish.html#261016

  7. IIIZIII scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    2021.01.17
    • Nose
      Deep, dark sherry, sweet, resinous, jammy fruits. Beautifully fruity on the nose. Sweet sherry dream. Wild forest honey with only a hint of nuttyness.
    • Taste
      Very fruity, not too oaky at all, even on the finish. Amazingly luscious fruits, honeyed. Very heavy but mellow
    • Finish
      It lingers more on those stewed, dark, jammy fruits that are present on the nose.

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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  9. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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  10. sagara-kun scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Gouted in blind. No defects. Very beautiful sherry with a superb balance.
    • Nose
      Nice nose of big sherry. Dried fruits above all: plum, prunes. Strawberry, cherry. Woody, cinnamon, cocoa powder. Leather.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, quite light on leather, dry fruit and red fruit. Dust, noble woody. Walnut, toasted almond. Plum, cherry, raisin.
    • Finish
      Finale on wood, rancio, dry fruit. Very balanced.

  11. DavidH. scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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  12. wbarchive_407045 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Holy shit. This is the best Balvenie I've ever tasted, ever. Like ever ever. Then again I am only 25....
    • Nose
      93 93
      Deep, rich fruit. Honey, syrup, red apples and stewed green apples. Brown sugar, lemon, dates, cream soda. 2 drops of water and it explodes with sweetness, cream soda and vanilla for a minute or so, before it settles down to how it was before. Words don’t do it justice
    • Taste
      94 94
      angy, rich, complex. Dry oak mellows to sour old oak – I know this flavour from the 37 year old I bottled (though the sourness was overpowering in that, whereas it’s perfectly balanced here). A little pepper, maple syrup, a hint of spice, stewed apples. It’s hard to describe, I don’t think I’ve had anything like it really.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Old oak, rum notes, quite dry, some creamy sweetness. Lingering.

  13. Fight65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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  14. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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  15. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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  16. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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  17. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  18. Macheye scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Full tasting note: https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/balvenie/balvenie-tun-1401-batch-no.-8/
    • 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.

  19. Kabaske did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    25/6/2017: Tasted via a 3cl sample. Nose Clear sherry, with ripe cherries, banana, little nougat, milk chocolate, little licorice in the background, very full and rich scent, honey Taste Mix between fresh and exotic ripe fruit and red fruits (pear, mango, cherry, peach), little leather, little dry (wood), some chocolate, caramelised nuts, there is also something 'fresh' (mint / eucalyptus), thick and waxy (but not that sticky syrup) Finish Nice and sweet, a little bit of wood, keeps on following in a very pleasant way (as in, I want to try again and again). The fresh (minted) remains

  20. Toemi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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  21. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  I re-tasted 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 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...

  22. hs305 scored this whisky 89 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.
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  23. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • 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.

  24. WillemvdK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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).

  25. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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  26. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    The nose is not as expressive.

    The palate has lost some power even with minimal water.

    The finish is not as good as when neat.

    Water is not needed here, in fact it spoils it. Like the batch 5 it is rich, creamy and spicy.

    Not as full on the palate as batch 5 but still very good.
    • Nose
      Rich sherry, resinous, Turkish Delight, blackberry, treacle.
    • Taste
      Spicy, fizzy on caramel, almond, treacle tart, toffee. After a while hints of dark orange marmalade.
    • Finish
      Quite long and spicy

  27. Defeatless scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Dusk, fruit, leather, lovely spices, clearly very old and complex. Redfruit, sherry complex. hint of oak, very very well made.

    Taste: Classic sweet and sour. Oak. Sherry is clearly here. little bitter note. yeast. more oak, some vanilla.

    Body: full and powerfull

    Finish: Cream vanilla, toffe fudge. hint of oak. Very nice

    Price: quite expensive, but yet top quality.

    Presentation: Sober but decent, let the whisky do the talking.

    Comments: I tent to say this is the best whisky I've drunk so far.
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  28. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes and Comments by Balvenie;

    Tun 1401 Batch 8

    Floral and fruity on the nose, with hints of lightly toasted spices, brown sugar and ripe vanilla balancing the gentle oak tannins. The rich, fruity taste has a warming spiciness of cinnamon and ginger, underpinned by maple syrup, sweet vanilla and tangy citrus notes. Citrus, vanilla and a gentle oakiness are evident on the finish.To craft The Balvenie Tun 1401, Malt Master David Stewart transfers specially selected casks from across the ages to a marrying tun cared for by the distillery's in-house team of coopers. The contents of these rare casks spent three months 'getting to know' one another in marrying tun number 1401, from which this single malt takes its name. The most recent release, Batch 8, is characterised by citrus fruits, vanilla and honey, has recently been bottled at an abv of 50.2% and will be available from June 2013 in Canada, Australia, the UK, France and a number of other European countries.

  29. Archer scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I'm not a big fan of the distillery, but BUN # 14 of TUN 1401 blew me away.
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  30. newman346 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Color Sense of solid massage Nose surprising rice oil Gishful sense of peach Attach Squeezing rigid arm Honey feeling soy sauce Gish Body Middleweight with excellent legs outstanding Taste Astringent astringent persistent to astringent astringent alcoholic feeling First step walking shimabukuro system time course Grape Ghish invites sesame mackerel sensation Sense of wheat with finish Finish Woody leaking out of the hole Ichigo is getting dirty But as expected, the stability of Balvenie is irresistible https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyhars2ybm9n6

  31. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    More sherried and more nutty than batch 5 and certainly than batch 2, which wasn't that sherry-driven. This one has the best finish of the three.
    • Nose
      Old furniture out of wood and leather in a church. Blueberry, plum, honey, hazelnut, toffee, almond, vanilla, peanut butter, orange, peach, cranberry, pepper and herbs such as eucalyptus and nutmeg.
    • Taste
      Blueberry, leather, plum, dark cherry, mocha, honey, oak, Ricola candy, orange, peach, cranberry, pepper, clove and pencil shavings.
    • Finish
      Mocha, hazelnut, leather, raisin, toffee, cherry, blueberry, cocoa, honey, cranberry, orange and cigar boxes. Gets quite dry.

  32. addyhd scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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  33. Drochaid scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    bottlers note: "The eighth batch is both floral and fruity in aroma, with hints of lightly roasted spices, brown sugar and ripe vanilla, which counterbalances the gentle oak tannins.The rich fruity flavor has a warming spiciness of cinnamon and ginger, underlined by maple syrup Sweet vanilla and spicy citrus notes, with a hint of citrus, vanilla and soft oak. "

  34. CaffeineCowboy did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    European Sherry casks from: 1970, 1971, 1973.

    American Oak casks from: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1991.

  35. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N: almond paste, a bit sharp chocolate and fruity - apples
    T: spices, rum beans, fruity and spices - gingerbread
    F: medium drying with chocolate, malty and some spices
    this Tun is the darkest color I have seen
    tasted with Aby and JJ

  36. Titi94 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE (LMDW): Color: old gold with copper highlights. Nose: firm, heady. Fresh walnuts, curry and café au lait bear witness to the influence of sherry, while exotic fruits (banana, pineapple) and fresh fruit (apple, mirabelle plum) underline the influence of bourbon casks. These two facets are united in the heart of a malting area exhaling scents of hot and wet barley. Notes of frangipane and beeswax complete this warm picture. Palate: elegant, racy. At first, somewhat shy, it opens on candied fruit (apricot, date, coconut) and on fresh ginger.The mid-palate is vanilla and slightly cocoa.Gourmet, it evolves towards notes of coffee and tan while salt is spreading on the taste buds. Final: long, creamy. It gives the sensation of chewing a liquorice stick. The influence of sherry wine makes it evolve towards currants and salted butter caramel.The retro olfaction is floral (hyacinth) and fruity (plum, peach) .The empty glass is spicy (cinnamon) and oaky (oak , cedar). Comment: l a 8th Release of The Balvenie Tun 1401 created by David Stewart, the iconic master assembler of this distillery, comes from the "assembly 9 casks bourbon and 3 casks sherry If the report. by force seems to have been largely turned to the advantage of the former, so do not be fooled by the fact that sherry casks have sold their skin dearly before abandoning themselves in the ocean of fresh fruits, vanilla and noble spices emanating from bourbon casks.

  37. Titi94 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Caskstrength.net:

    Nose: A big nose crammed with rich apricot jam, honey, freshly cut ginger, toffee, cinnamon and liquorice. It is a heavy nose; big and rich and befitting of a well aged whisky.Palate: Ginger cake, very rich and oily honey. Hints of Four Roses single barrel bourbon coming through (big red cherries and hot strawberry jam) with fresh vanilla pods. Some cinnamon.Finish: Toffee apples, spices and that honey note again.

  38. getz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    The sherry influence is different to the previous batch but still very noticeable, making this not only a definite part of the Tun 1401 series but also something a bit different and special over the regular Balvenie releases. I think itâ€
    • Nose
      It kicks off with the traditional Balvenie heather honey notes, real honey rather than just random sweetness, and flower petals, backed up by spicy cinnamon, old dark oak, wax polish and some leather. Traditional bourbon notes of fresh orchard fruit start out quite vibrant, but get a bit hidden by the sherry influence as the whisky develops in the glass.
    • Taste
      The palate is much more balanced, with rich sherry, spicy oak and touches of pine resin acting as a base, with liquorice, menthol, blackberries and cinnamon filling out the darker flavours. On top of that is more honey, orange peel, peach skin, dried apricot, cinnamon toast, candied papaya (I think thatâ€
    • Finish
      Lingering leather and woody spice are joined by some dried tropical fruit touches, and peach and plum stone bitter notes.

  39. getz scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Tun 1401 Batch 8 is named for Malt Master David Stewart`s favourite marrying tun, used to create this whisky. It`s a multi-vintage combination of sherry and bourbon cask whiskies from the late 1960s through to the late 1980s and elegantly blends age and (comparative) youthful vigour.

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