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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie Tun 1509
16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.04 points
- 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.
- 20 19 19 19 77
oh and young and prickly, complete disappointment ...
- N20 P20 F19 B20
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.
Very smooth and sweet, canned pineapple, very syrupy, not very complex, quite hot and spicey, straightforward.
More sherry here, dried fruits, camphor, herb syrup.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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