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Balvenie Tun 1509

Overall rating
88.77/100
votes
54
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 4
Bottled
2017
Casktype
10 Sherry Butts, 13 First-fill Am. Barrels
Number of bottles
8850
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L34B4758220818:35:54
Barcode
5010327525983
Added on
09 Jul 2017 11:33 am by WhiskyTrail

Average value

€ 301,40

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Tastingtags

3 Notes

Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
30 Apr 2018 11:20 am
Macheye gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Opening with a very pleasant mix of honey, poached pears, orange peels and dusty spices, this proceeds to deliver aromas of malts, golden tobacco, and lightly toasted cereals. There’s an interesting slight mineral note here – part citric, part wet slate. The addition of a few drops of water provides enhancement to the fruits, increasingly sweetness, it also brings some of the cask forward adding oaky wood notes, and a touch of bitterness to an otherwise orchard-sweet experience.

Taste

A silky and juicy arrival that emphasises pears first, moving swiftly to ripe peaches and nectarines. Honey and creamy fudge is played off against both spicing (ginger and pepper) as well as ex-bourbon led wood flavours – part sour, part bitter and in places, a little bit jarring against the fruit elements. A few drops of water (I’d not recommend being overly liberal as you’ll lose the viscosity) adds some toffee sweetness and ripe apple, but allows the oak the upper-hand - a touch of vanilla (nice), a little bundle of astringent tannins (less nice).

Finish

Medium in length, with ginger spicing, apples and bitter wood.

Comments

This batch of the Balvenie Tun has a very pleasant nose, silky arrival and plenty of juicy fruit character. But, along with it, there are some overly woody notes, that certainly feel much more ex-bourbon-led than ex-sherry, regardless of the composition of the cask marriage. It’s still a very tasty whisky indeed, but £240 feels a very steep price for the overall quality offered here. These Tun’s seem to be getting gradually younger and more ex-bourbon in emphasis, whilst their prices creeps steadily upwards – I’m not sure that’s a recipe that will maintain the high reputation of this series over the long-term.

https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/balvenie/balvenie-tun-1509-batch-4/

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EarlMobile
Member Senior EarlMobile Note
11 Dec 2017 12:48 pm
EarlMobile gave this whisky 89 points

Leckerer und ausgewogener Balvenie mit gut Sherryeinfluss. Dazu am Ende eine kleine Würze, die sich in einem angenehmen "Kribbeln" bemerkbar macht. Sehr fein!

Johan1984
Member Senior Johan1984 Tasting note
27 Aug 2017 2:53 pm
Color
Gin clear
Nose
Taste
Finish
Comments

When you are committed to making whisky by hand, sometimes mistakes happen. This week we discovered a small number of bottles from the new Tun 1509: Batch 4 in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Israel and Swedish Travel Retail contains liquid not intended for this release. The whisky is aged Balvenie, is of exemplary quality with hints of vanilla, honey and dried fruits and had been resting in Tun 1509, however, the liquid contained in these bottles does not match the flavour profile as articulated on the packaging.   


We would like to send a bottle of the correct product to anyone who has bought one that does not contain the intended liquid. If you have a bottle of The Balvenie Tun 1509: Batch 4 that contains a code number VAT 17004470 please contact us at thebalvenietun@wgrant.com.

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