Balvenie Tun 1509

Overall rating
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 7:53 am by devonncream
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 340,00

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie Tun 1509

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 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. 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.

  3. MVDW scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. ctu scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    One of the best batches in the 1509 series and all of the NAS, but still the 1401 is my favorite because the more sherry.
    • Nose
      Fruits, vanilla, citruses and honey. Spicy oak. Very nice.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Rich fruitiness, especially mandarin, piquant spices and matured oak in perfect harmony. Vanilla ice cream.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, spicy.

  6. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  7. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. spigray scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    this is my second tun. after the first one that I have been offered at balvenie where I probably was a bit distracted I have been looking forward to enjoy another one in my familiar environment.

    it´s not a stellar dram but a very good one and I cannot understand malt fellows that rate it 80/100.

    for me it´s a straight 90/100 although I wished they could make it a little more affordable.
    • Nose
      a very elegant nose full of various fruits. pears, peaches, oranges, hints of pineapples. perhaps some bananas. some honeyed malt behind. nuts and a hint of oak.  a bit of well integrated vanilla.
      it does not seem to be very old, perhaps an average of 20y I´d say, but what do I know?
      I like it very much so far.
    • Taste
      great balance between the lovely fruitiness and an arising spiciness that you could not expect after the nose. rather woody but it works here. vanilla, honey.

      with a bit of water it even becomes spicier and a few nuts join in.
    • Finish
      medium to long, fresh and clean

  9. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A good dram where the alcohol is well implemented and has a certain complexity but honestly at this price (300€) I was expecting a bit more. I also had the Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 7 which was much much better than this one. Skip this one and look for different batches or completely different drams
    • Nose
      A high oak part and then juicy oranges and mandarines. Decent vanilla.

      All in all well implemented as expected on a dram with roughly 300€ purchase price.
    • Taste
      Oranges and mandarines are back in the mouth as well as nuts & honey but there is a decent oaky bitterness which is bothering me a bit. Not too much but we look for something flawless when pouring such dram in a glass.
    • Finish
      Vanilla and mandarines in the finish. No more bitterness and the dram remains positive in the throat.

  10. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A very high-quality, carefully worked out mole, everything is polished to a shine, the main roles here are bourbon derivatives, sherry somewhere in the backyard, shades and frames; in general, a sense of quality product, the work of the master, although in comparison with the first batch, it still clearly loses.
    • Nose
      Restrained, dry, processed noble wood, salted grape leaves, cigar box, carpentry workshop, varnish, solvent; ether, light apple notes.
    • Taste
      Soft, enveloping, oak, lemon pepper, lemon zest, tangerines, confectionery and fruit notes, a little tar and malt, tobacco, candied orange peel.
    • Finish
      Continuation of taste, soft, fruit jam, vanilla, a little nuts, moderately sweet and sour, light notes of orange peel and tangerines, nut-and-grass motifs appear in development, very long.


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