Balvenie Tun 1509

Overall rating
88.14/100
votes
123
Whiskybase ID
WB98244
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch No. 4
Bottled
2017
Casktype
10 Sherry Butts, 13 1st Fill American Barrels
Number of bottles
8850
Strength
51.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L34B 4758 2208
Barcode
5010327525983
Added on
09 jul 2017 11:32 am by WhiskyTrail

Average value

€ 395.95

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310 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Balvenie Tun 1509

19 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.14 points.

  1. LordBellamy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Water: NO

    Conclusion: very great combination, as one is used to these bottlings. Maybe priced too high, but a coherent, round and balanced whisky that is fun
    • Nose
      89 89
      great, harmonious nose. Honey, many fruits like peach, yellow plums, oranges. Also light sherry influences are recognizable, nut, dried dates and figs, oak tannins, cinnamon, some leather and tobacco and also a very slightly earthy undertone, altogether harmoniously filigree and complex, the alcohol is very well integrated
    • Taste
      89 89
      nice start, soft and yet powerful, also here many fruits, but rather dried fruit, a little more Sherry influence and stronger oak
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, dried fruits, nutshell, strong oak, the back is also slightly bitter - but not unpleasant, it is more towards dark chocolate / cocoa

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  3. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. DenverbroncosDuke scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Not as good as expected, a bit flat at the back, but too much sharpness.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Rather inconspicuous, a lot of vanilla sweetness, some caramel, burnt sugar.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Not as round as expected, a little sharpness, outstanding sweetness, not much else.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long finish, very clean, but under-complex, also here ginger sharpness.

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    20 19 19 19 77

    oh and young and prickly, complete disappointment ...

  7. toklian scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    N20 P20 F19 B20

  8. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Quite oily modern style sherry, similar to a good Glendronach 90s, lots of dried apricots, compared to Tun 1401, less old-style components (mushroom, cognac), more active oak, resinous, minty herbs.
    • Taste
      Very smooth and sweet, canned pineapple, very syrupy, not very complex, quite hot and spicey, straightforward.
    • Finish
      More sherry here, dried fruits, camphor, herb syrup.

  9. Palindrome scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The “tun” in Tun 1509 Batch 4 makes reference to an oak marrying vessel that’s really just an exceptionally large cask. Obviously, the number of the tun vessel used to produce this series is 1509. You might have already surmised that there were three other batches married in Tun 1509, prior to the one currently under review.

    Batch 4 is a vatting of 23 casks, including bourbon and sherry wood. Although I didn’t taste the notorious Batch 2, which was supposed to be less than impressive, I must say that I’m not all that taken with Batch 4. Yes, it’s garnered plenty of favorable acclaim from critics, but I feel their praise is short-sighted. Why would I withhold praise for such an eagerly awaited whisky? Well, it’s probably worth mentioning that the 1509 series follows on the heals of The Balvenie Tun 1401 series. Nine batches were produced from ye olde tun.

    Back in spring of 2013, I drove to a nearby town in search of Batch 3. Lucky for me, I found a bottle. The whisky did not disappoint. I say this, despite its fairly high price tag at the time. How much did my bottle of Tun 1401 Batch 3 cost five years ago? About half the price of Tun 1509 Batch 4 today!

    Okay, enough backstory. When my tasting notes from Tun 1401 Batch 3 are compared with today’s notes about Tun 1509 Batch 4, the outcome is certain. A general trend in the whisky industry holds true in this case: whiskies bottled longer ago are often preferable. Deeper and richer in color, the 2012 release is far and away better.

    If I were to guess what made Tun 1401 Batch 3 so bloody brilliant, I would say that it must have contained some older spirit, along with a near-perfect balance of exceptional sherry casks. And let’s not forget good old-fashioned serendipity. Chance often plays a role in producing greatness, as well.

    Appearance: Midway between gold and orange, there is amber. The waif-like legs of this whisky are sexy to behold, with attenuated beading. Call them “heroine chic.”

    Nose: Maple syrup; cardamom; Honduran cigar wrapper; baked pear in light syrup; pound cake; black rum; pecan wood shavings. The preceding notes affirm sherry and bourbon casks working in harmony with one another.

    Palate: Alas, the sherry and bourbon casks are not in complete accord here. Bitter oak from bourbon wood surfaces first, along with notes of baked stone fruit from the sherry. There’s a ribbon of caramel and marshmallow nougat that reminds me of batches from Tun 1401. Gunpowder also rears its ugly head, along with fresh cut leather.

    The superabundance of alcohol in one’s glass (103.4 proof) invites the introduction of some water. Unfortunately, this invitation proves to be short-lived. Half a teaspoon sacrifices a noticeable amount of complexity. To add insult to injury, my two ounce pour of whisky also turned unpleasantly bitter after water was added, even with the passing of 30-40 more minutes.

    On the finish, red fruits surface, offering notes of raspberry, boysenberry, and a cherry flavored cough drop thrown in for good measure. This happy ending all but disappears when a reasonable amount of water is introduced. Instead, I’m reminded of the DoubleWood 12 Year Old.

  10. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  12. IIIZIII scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    These Tun balvenies are created for me. Even the 1509s are a much better versions of the typical Balvenie profile that is represented by the baseline expressions.
    • Nose
      Amazing honey! No alcoholic note, beautiful balance between oak and honey, honey glazed nuts, a hint of sweet citrus element behind. The oak is quiet restrained, actually not an overly complex nose, but the honey is in the focus. HOneyed figs and sultanas. With water the riped fruits are coming through. Sweet almond oil
    • Taste
      Very sweet on first contact. The nose transletes quiet well on the palate as well. Perfectly drinkable with full strength. Creamy, measured and balanced, gingerbread

  13. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    slight sherry influence, some red dried fruits, some traces of chocolate, some honey and vanilla, fine spices, a bit malty, very well balanced, easy to drink. the finish is rather short, and the sweetness fades away quite quickley. Nothing outstanding, a fine and easy to drink dram.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. MrYens scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  16. Frankie John scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Not as good as the 1401

  17. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    assembly of 23 barrels during at least 21 years!
    • Nose
      much more fruity than his 2018 brother!
      more intense wood and sweet spices on cinnamon
    • Taste
      scents more posed, heavier than the 2017!
      wood, cooked fruit (apple, pear in front!), spices still very sweet, a return honeyed, pastry, toasted almonds, then fine sherry with leather and wood intermingled and its varnish, pushing dust!
      vanilla too and a trace of smoke, roasted cocoa.
    • Finish
      simple, sweet, long, tenacious, you have to take the time.

  18. Macheye scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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/
    • 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.

  19. EarlMobile scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Delicious and balanced Balvenie with good sherry influence. At the end of a small spice, which makes itself felt in a pleasant "tingling". Very fine!

  20. Johan1984 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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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