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Balvenie Tun 1509

Overall rating
88.35/100
votes
102
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

€ 348,52

18 × in wishlist

102 × member ratings

239 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie Tun 1509

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.35 points

  1. 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

  2. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. IIIZIII scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    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

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  7. Frankie John scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Not as good as the 1401

  8. 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

  9. wisekycourse 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.

  10. 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.

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