Balvenie Tun 1509

Overall rating
90.31/100
votes
371
Whiskybase ID
WB58415
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 1
Bottled
08.2014
Casktype
35 American Oak Barrels + 7 Sherry Butts
Number of bottles
11000
Strength
47.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L34Y47540109
Barcode
5010327525891
Added on
27 sep 2014 7:31 pm by whiskas
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 993.55

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Whisky reviews for Balvenie Tun 1509

41 users have left 47 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.31 points.

  1. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    (TASTED BLIND)
    NOSE: Dried fruits, dry tobacco, raisins, Christmas pudding (89p).
    TASTE: The arrival is both dry and sweet, on the mid palate more off the same plus nice acidity and wood (90-91p).
    FINISH: Nice old wood and lots of tobacco, drying slightly sugared overbrewed tea (89-90p).
    OVERALL: A nice tobacco whisky. Total score 90 (89) points.

  3. Gregers scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Remarkable nose, and good, but not unforgettable on the palate.

    Review: https://youtu.be/wmeXCaJL_1E
    • Nose
      92 92
      Astonishingly good nose. Starts out with a bit of green apple, lots of different dried fruits, orange oils, then pipe tobacco, light marzipan, some toffee, very light furniture polish, vanilla, sweet caramel, ripe banana, fresh wood shavings. One to nose for a long time.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Great alcohol level, very light burn, sweetness good, but a bit high, lots of cane sugar, lots of barley, some oaky notes, very light fresh grass notes, a bit of spearmint, sweet freshly squeezed apple juice, toffee, cream, chocolate milk. Not bad. Second chew shows a fuller body with some light smoke starting to pull through, the sweetness is still going strong, though, also some light ginger. Not super complex, and it stays sweeter than I had expected and hoped, but it's still good. Third chew brings more wood spices, a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon, smoke is also fuller, mint also more to the front, as sweetness finally steps back a bit. Marshmallows, a bit of marzipan pops by as well. Caramellized and flambéed bananas.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Light smoke, light ginger and peppermint, ripe banana, burnt muscovado sugar, vanilla, and some oaky notes.

  4. mudshark scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Dris scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. IIIZIII scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    2020.03.06
    • Nose
      The trademark Balvenie honey from the american oak barrels are predominant here, which is a good thing. Flowery honey, only a touch of fresh sherry fruitiness to add another layer to it. This distillery is still one of the best in my book and one of the main reason why I keep coming back to this beautiful honeyed bourbon matured profile. A little green banana and kiwi too.
    • Taste
      Just amazing. The abv is spot on. Very juicy and luscious honey, vibrant oak, kiwi jam, aromatic, licorice, sweet ginger
    • Finish
      medium length

  7. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Jack Marinello scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Very floral, coffee, gingerbread (?), Vanilla, caramel, spices including cinnamon
    • Taste
      Alcohol does not feel, still a little flowers, vanilla, honey, bitter oranges
    • Finish
      Good length, spices coming back, light wood

  9. Rien scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. toklian scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    N21 P22 F23 B22

  11. MaltFond scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    21.22.22.21

  12. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    23 22 22 22 89

  13. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    30-07-2018
    • Nose
      80 80
      sherry, oranges, dark chocolate, hint of tannins when first opened
    • Taste
      88 88
      sherry, spices, raisins
    • Finish
      89 89
      spices, sherry, oranges

  14. asmazda scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I've tried later Tun 1509's, and this first batch is the only one that smells and tastes old.  Love the strong waxes, which I have only been able to find in drams with 30+ years of age.
    • Nose
      Blossom honey, lots of waxes, orange, and some typical sherry scents of course.  Smells old.
    • Taste
      Oranges, honey, more waxes, and drying oak with some spiciness.  Tastes a little thin, but the waxes and oak keeps things interesting.
    • Finish
      Long, with more oranges and spices, and then some tannins. 

  15. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      fruity, sour, honey, resin, earthy, malt, straw, raisins, citrus, vanilla
    • Taste
      banana, kiwi, brown sugar, sherry, cinnamon, clove, bitter, pepper, wood, malt, apricot, peach, ginger

  16. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The aroma battles on the spot, I want to savor it forever, I do not even want to take a sip, because you know - if the taste was at the level of flavor - it would be a paradise (remembering a famous anecdote) or at least twice the price tag. And yet - the taste / aftertaste lags behind the extremely high-cut aroma bar, on the whole it is a wonderful example of the skill of the blender - the wild amount of tones and shades, the symbiosis of bourbon and sherry barrels (although in this bourbon mix significantly dominate) in all components, harmonious assembly in a single whole without loss of individuality, density and power, bravo! I think a lot of people experimented at their leisure mixing a couple of other mallets to their taste and we all remember how from two distinct whiskys we often get a complete mess, so let's give people who have solved a hundred times more difficult task :)
    • Nose
      Saturated, fresh, processed wood, furniture varnish, solvent, stain, resin, perfume notes, dried fruits, raisins, toffee, boiled condensed milk, peaches, prunes, kiwi, banana, valerian, motherwort - extremely wide shade composition, all evenly and bizarrely mixed , dynamically replace each other folding again and again in a variety of combinations - an aromatic kaleidoscope, endless enthusiasm.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour, astringent, with oak bitterness - cranberries, cranberries, condensed milk, mint, rhubarb, tropical fruits, grilled sugar.
    • Finish
      Light, ginger, creamy, sourish fruit compote, mandarin crusts, delicate oak bitterness in the background, mint, resin

  17. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I think my original score is about correct overall 91 points, maybe 92. I really like the saltiness and on reflection having it again now I think it is not complex profile wise but, just lovely, smooth and easy sipping.

  18. Th3WhiskyColl3ctor scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2017]  I retasted it today and fully confirm my score below...  The finish is fantastic!

  20. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 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
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  21. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    various aromatic honeys, very sweet and fruity, soft like velvet in the mouth,almonds, chocolate,oranges, mocha, fading with honeys and nuts, very well balanced

  22. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It's an above-average-whisky but for 300€ I would definitely buy something else instead. It's simply overpriced for a NAS bottling.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  23. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    As usual with these Balvenie Tuns, the nose is exquisite, due to older casks.. however, as compared to the 1401's, the palate and finish of this 1509 are not as good... a bit thin in fact. The thick, honeyed sherried juice of the 1401's are not as pronounced here. It's still good, but it's not worth USD$300. 

  24. PeterCr scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Very good whisky, nice depth and dynamics in nose and taste!

    Score 89-91 points.
    • Nose
      Medium impact nose, complex with (PX) sherry notes and oak. Some earthy tones as well. Honey and sugarcane.
    • Taste
      Sweet and spicy. Honey, sherry (PX) also there. Oily with slow tears in the glass.
    • Finish
      Very sweet (honey) finish, long and lingering. With some light dryness and spice tones in the end. Also some light oak coming through in the end.

  25. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The finish is really good on this one.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      94 94

  26. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very good and I like the saltiness.
    • Nose
      Quite closed, white fruit (mainly melon), salted caramel, peanut brittle.
    • Taste
      Spicy and quite powerful on dark toffee, a touch of apple, salted caramel like on then nose.

      After a while there is a little orange and balsamic syrup (not vinegar)

      Creamy mouthfeel with spiciness coming through.
    • Finish
      Quite long and a salty.

  27. ChristJM scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: lots of beehive, resins, a meadow full of flowers in the springtime, sweet and entrancing, cointreau, 

    Taste: full-bodied, more on wood with green oak and pepper, still enough oils so it doesnt get dry

  28. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Comments and Tasting Notes by Balvenie;

    Tun 1509

    BATCH 1Tun 1509 showcases the rare skills Malt Master David Stewart has acquired over a lifetime of dedication to his craft. To create the first batch of Tun 1509, David carefully, hand-selected 42 of the finest casks from the distilleries aged stocks. The liquid—a combination of 35 traditional American Oak barrels and seven European oak sherry butts—was then rested for several months in Tun 1509, a unique marrying vessel, to create a single malt greater than the sum of its already precious parts. This limited release is hand-bottled at 47.1% ABV.TASTING NOTESNOSEDeep and rich with floral notes, sweet vanilla and orange peel.TASTEVelvety smooth with tangy citrus, mellow cinnamon spice and blossom honey.

  29. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  30. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. Peter87 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. wekke did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Whisky Advocate: 91 PointsThis newbie from Balvenie is the worldwide replacement for the
    market-specific Tun 1401. A larger volume vat (8,000 liters) is now
    being filled with an equally eclectic mix of casks (42 casks ranging
    from 1970 to 1992). Deep amber; this has substance but being Balvenie,
    it’s gentle: orange blossom/Manuka honey edged with spice, marmalade,
    scented woods, and a little frangipane. The palate shows a supple,
    rippling power with some apricot, cinnamon, and root ginger. Awfully
    good.

  33. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful stuff. This style is a return to the early Tun 1401 batches, with a mixture of old bourbon and sherry casks whereas the later 1401 batches were fully sherry-driven.
    • Nose
      Nice old profile. Apricot, kiwi, plum, leather, oak, caramel, waxy honey, raspberry and nutmeg. Eventually orange and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Plum, apricot, honey, leather, milk chocolate, peat, hazelnut, caramel and orange.
    • Finish
      Plum, hazelnut, chocolate, leather, smoke, orange, litchi and caramel.

  34. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Wonderfully complex
    whisky. This may be a NAS release, but it is top class. Having said that: the
    whisky is younger, there are more bourbon casks in the mix and a lot more
    bottles available and yet it is a lot more expensive (around 300 EUR) than the
    Tun 1401 releases. Ah, economics.
    • Nose
      Ah, look, the nose is
      immediately paradise. Wonderfully creamy with loads of waxy notes, upholstered
      with sweet honey, overripe mango, juicy apples, blood oranges and something
      that reminds me of wood glue – but in a good sense. A leaf of mint?
      Cherries and strawberries after a few moments. Pinch of
      nutmeg and cinnamon, but also some candied ginger. This is very expressive and
      comes in layers. Delicious.
    • Taste
      Good body. Oily on
      the palate. Very sweet on honey, oranges, mango, bitter grapefruit. But the
      spices soon take the reins: ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and quinine. Tobacco rears
      it (big) head, but the bourbon casks are clearly in the majority.
    • Finish
      The finish is long
      and warming. I get some green apples, rhubarb and spices.

  35. MikerG2k did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is a really nice dram. !! 90 points for me.
    • Nose
      Very warming nose, Like you are in front of a fireplace waiting to drink this one. Dark chocolate/orange, little bit of oak
    • Taste
      some dried fruit, creamy oily taste. vanilla, some oak.
    • Finish
      Dries out the mouth, hits back with some spice, some sweetness and some fruit. Long finish.

  36. SteveW110 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    As the master blender of Balvenie (David Stewart) has surpassed himself again. However, I agree with the one or the other batch of the previous 1401 series more, but it is also here again an excellent malt developed!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      92 92

  37. Ciro scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  38. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky, dark layered simply top.
    Only the price is not justified. For so much money (around 300.- Euro, early 2015), there are otherwise 2 comparable bottles.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  39. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    tasted with Aby and JJ
    • Nose
      syrup, spices, meaty, laurel, earthy, dry sherry and forest fruits - black currants 
    • Taste
      syrup, cherries and spices - white pepper
    • Finish
      medium drying with polish, chocolate, tannins and bitter chocolate

  40. thijs100 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    When I sit down to taste and write notes it is always a good sign when I've scribbled half a page of my notebook in merely a couple of minutes. There is a lot to discover in this vatting. A nice complex whisky that is also very well balanced.
    • Nose
      Sweet and warming, with also a light glue smell, in the distance some eucalyptus and also a noticeable oakiness. The sweetness expresses itself mainly through honey and sugar, but there is also some strawberry and cherry detectable. Some spices are here as well in the form of cinnamon and nutmeg. Citrus gives it some freshness to balance the out the nose.
    • Taste
      Lots of vanilla and oak, a slight bitterness even. Orange peel and tree bark. The honey from the nose returns, but more subtle now. Still some spiciness with again nutmeg, but also a minty quality.
    • Finish
      Spicy at first, then fresher (apple) and then sweetness with a hint of smoke.

  41. Drochaid scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    characteristics:
    A marriage of 42 fine and old, carefully selected barrels of the still. 35 of them from traditional American oak and 7 sherry casks from European oak. All together mature for a few months before being bottled in TUN 1509 to create a unique taste experience.
    Aroma:
    Deep and rich with floral notes, sweet vanilla and orange peel.
    Taste:
    Velvety soft with spicy citrus notes, a touch of cinnamon and blossom honey.

  42. WhiskyCask scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    My full review on the Balvenie Tun 1509: http://maltandoak.com/the-balvenie-tun-1509-the-old-was-popular-this-one-should-be-also-available/

  43. LukeFive did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says:

    Balvenie 'Tun 1509' (47.1%, OB, batch #1, 2014) This baby replaces the famous - and excellent – inceptions of Tun 1401. Less sherry, more bourbon, many more bottles, possibly a younger average age (I’m not sure at all)… and the same price or more. Why aren’t we surprised. Colour: amber. Nose: same price and same quality, this is embarrassingly successful yet again. Beehive, honey, wax, overripe apples and mangos, that kind of thing. Then old amoroso, heather honey, rose jelly, blood oranges, juicy sultanas, pollen… Gets more and more tertiary after two minutes, with cigars, pu-erh tea, earth after a summer rain. Disappointingly superb. I’d love to find bad things to write about these ‘Tuns’. Help me! Mouth: I’m afraid it works again. I’m highly disappointed. I’m about to write a letter to the Company. No, seriously, it’s a pretty perfect pack, and even if there’s a wee bit of drying oakiness/spiciness in the background, all the rest is singing loud and clear, with body and complexity. Oranges, honey, tobacco, coffee, mango chutney, a touch of ginger and even tonic water, pink grapefruits… All perfect. Almost forgot to mention ripe plums. Finish: long, with more oranges, stewed rhubarb and clove. Christmas is around the corner (hey?) Comments: the ‘good’ NAS way, IMHO. They’ve done it again, even if some batches of Tun 1401 may have been a little more ‘rich and wide’, and better polished.
    SGP:641 - 90 points.

  44. Titi94 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    BALVENIES TASTING NOTES:

    To create the first batch of Tun 1509, David carefully hand selected 42 of the finest casks – 35 traditional American oak barrels and seven European oak sherry butts – from the distillery’s precious aged stocks. All were transferred to Tun 1509, which sits in Warehouse 24, for several months before bottling. This is a rare interpretation of the marrying process and allows all 42 casks to come together to create a unique expression of The Balvenie that’s greater than the sum of its constituent parts.

    Tasting Notes : Deep and rich on the nose, with floral notes, sweet vanilla and orange peel. Velvety smooth to taste with tangy citrus, mellow cinnamon spice and blossom honey.

  45. Titi94 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Distillery Info: For the Tun 1509, David Stewart selected small samples of The Balvenie whiskys from some of the most valuable casks in the Distillery and let them meet for three months. 41 of the best casks were selected from the most valuable old stocks of Distillery. All were transferred to Tun 1509, which is in Warehouse 24, for a period of 3 months. The Tun 1509 differs from the previous version because it contains about four times the volume of the Tun 1401 liquid, allowing David Stewart to present a wider range of expressions, greater complexity in the marriage and therefore a single malt of exception. TASTING NOTES: Nose: Rich and deep. Notes of flowers and vanilla. Orange zest and oak tip. Palate: Creamy citrus fruit soup with hints of sweet spices, cinnamon and ginger. Sweet oak and honey tips.   Final: Sweet and delicate.

  46. Titi94 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    LMDW note: To achieve this Balvenie Tun 1509, inspired by the success of the Tun 1401, David Stewart selected small samples from forty-one of the most valuable barrels in the distillery. Then, he let them get married for 3 months in Tun 1509 located in the distillery's cellar n ° 24. To be even more precise, this assemblage was made from samples drawn from 34 American oak barrels and 7 sherry casks. Profile: ample, rich. Heady flowers, musk, vanilla and orange zest. Chocolate, spicy (cardamom) and honey (heather) notes. Tertiary presence (moka), malty and woody (sandalwood).

  47. Titi94 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE LMDW: Color: orange copper. Nose: ample, racy. A bouquet of heady flowers (violet, peony) accompanied by musk, wax, vanilla and orange zest give a lot of depth to the first nose. At aeration, it evolves on dark chocolate and sweet spices (cinnamon, cardamom). With voluptuousness, it gradually becomes honey (heather) and tertiary (mocha, mushrooms). Palate: rich, complex. Its attack is very spicy (pink pepper, nutmeg) and preciously wooded (sandalwood, oak). In the middle of the mouth, notes of dried apricots and nuts underline the influence of sherry. It evolves on malted barley and cut hay. Marked by toffee and prune, the after-mouth is exotic (passion fruit, mango). Final: long, silky. Raisins, vanilla and salted butter caramel give it a lot of sweetness of expression. Then, with firmness, it becomes slightly earthy (gentian root) and spicy (cumin). The retro-olfaction is greedy (prune cake) and the empty glass returns to the malted barley and the spices.

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