Balvenie Tun 1509

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 2
23 American Oak, 9 European Sherry
Number of bottles
50.3 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L34Z 4509 2206
Added on
17 Jun 2015 7:25 am by PastyKing
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 411.58

35 × in wishlist

179 × member ratings

402 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie Tun 1509

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.71 points

  1. Torfding scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      heavy ripe fruit, warm applesauce, orange peel, a little banana, sweet, soft and gentle, malty, a salty nose, vanilla, honey, a little ginger sharpness, later the sweetness pushes out a bit more
    • Taste
      stronger in comparison to the nose, first appears thin, but then comes very spicy and slightly peppery, sweet, spices, apricot, a little ginger, something like thick orange juice, yellow fruit (mirabelle), possibly apple, custard, a hint of cinnamon
    • Finish
      medium to long with a longer reverberation; The finish is citrus-rich, vanilla, pleasant oak note

  2. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Huge dried oranges and apricots, banana cream, a whiff of new oak spices, hints of tropical fruits, quite nice.
    • Taste
      Very sweet, honey, toffee pudding, new toasted oak, vanilla cream, tannins, dried apricots and jam.
    • Finish
      Medium finish, vanilla, some modern sherry, huge chocolate spices.

  3. nallacam scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    Sold as a 'guaranteed investment', we are offered this at an exclusive 'distillery-only' price. First of all, let's see what it's like. Notes are short in keeping with our brief time in Balvenie's tasting room.

    N: OK this is something rather special but let's be cautious and not get carried away by expectations and group hysteria. The one key descriptor I noted was 'French white unsalted butter' amongst the plethora of other delights. The abv sets this apart from the others though the family resemblance is clear to see.

    T&F: Yep, all good. Rich, full-bodied. Plenty of nods of agreement around the room. Everyone's getting a little twitchy. Peeps wrestle with their individual budgets and justify to themselves purchasing a bottle or two.

    C: Excellent whisky though it needed to be significantly more emotive to justify £250, even as an investment. Let's see where prices are now four years on,.... Hmm, available from £295. I maintain to this day that if Balvenie bottled the 12yo Doublewood [not single cask] at high strength [say 56%], we'd be going nuts over it.

  5. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Excellent and complex malt that shows many different nuances of the barrels used.
    • Nose
      98 98
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Oranges & Mandarins

    I had been no less than 4 years since I last tried the Balvenie Tun 1509. I thought that was great. By now even the 6th batch has been released. But allow me to try the second one. The tun 1509 is four times the size of the famous run 1401. This second batch, which appeared in 2015, was created with 23 American oak casks and 9 European sherry casks. I wonder if David Stewart – by now enjoying his pension – outdid himself again.

    Oranges and mandarins is the first thing I detect, drenched in dark honey. That is followed closely by lots of nuts, wild flowers, apricots in their own juice and a note of vanilla. Hints of gooseberries with a pinch of white pepper and some ginger. Pretty zesty, in fact. After a few moments, some apple sauce appears. After breathing for a while, it even sports some barley sugars and a salty note. Very nice, complex and inviting.

    Beautifully creamy on the palate. Again the oranges come first, but after the second sip the apricots, mirabelles and sultanas rear their heads. Next to ginger and white pepper, I also get cinnamon and a bit of salt. Maybe even some quinine. Hint of tobacco leaves. Lightly bitter, but the fruit dominates.

    The finish is long, warm, spicy and almost syrupy. Honey and citrus until the end, but the oak has the final say.

    Very good stuff. Just as good as the first batch. You can still find it, but it will set you back some 300 EUR.

  9. MVDW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Some say ... That it contains at least 20 year old whiskys. High expectations of this Balvenie, but unfortunately, for me personally he could not live up to it.

    Overall no wrong whisky, could have had a little more sherry influence. The finish for a 20 year old was very short. Given the price of 300+ euros a disappointment. With the whisky club can buy this bottle for € 240.00 (Dec. 2018), also for this amount too expensive.

  10. asmazda scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Totally has the Balvenie profile and no flaws. But compared to batch #1 it noses and taste brighter and younger so I have to score it 2 points lower.


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