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Balvenie Tun 1401

Category Single Malt from Speyside, Scotland
Details Details
Distillery
District Speyside
Bottler Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie Batch No. 8
Bottled 2013
Casktype 9 American + 3 European Oak Casks
Strength 50.2 % Vol.
Number of bottles 2700
Size 700 ml
Price 567.11$ 601.14£ 482.04
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered Cask Strength
hs305 Review note
about a month ago
hs305 gave this whisky 89 points

Really nice stuff, easy to sip and yes, delicous. Just the price tag is simply unreasonable.  But as long as people buy at these prices it seems okay, why should not the distillery owners maximize their profits?

...another sign of a further inflating whisky bubble.

Weighted Rate
89
Nose
90
Initial taste
88
Body
89
Finish
91
Price
80
Presentation
90
St. Pauli Tasting note
about a month ago
St. Pauli gave this whisky 91 points
Color
Tawny
Nose

Yes, as old Balvenie as it gets! Heather honey, waxy barley, a little vanilla, blood orange and orange zest. But that's not all folks! Sherry influences of raisins, blackcurrant, blueberry, prune, mint, sherry sourness and sweetness, damp oak. It's incredibly soft, complex, enticing and all of that!

Taste

Oily and delicate, although a quite some pepper shows up. But that works as the rest is incredibly balanced. Honey, orange and oak fight for dominance. After that comes wax, dark and dried fruit, mint, some earthy notes and roasted nuts. 

Finish

Moderate, spicy on pepper, ginger and a faint hint of cinnamon. Further, it gets nuttier and nuttier (almond), but stays fruity, minty and woody too. In other words, it's complex from beginning till the end.

Comments

An absolute cracker, this bottling. It's so very well blended, my deepest respect for the master blender. It's complex, smooth yet with a kick, and it entertains from the beginning to the end.

Cheers! Paul
janos63 Note
less than a year ago
janos63 gave this whisky 91 points

Note by Serge:

Balvenie 'Tun 1401' (50.2%, OB, batch #8, +/-2013)Five stars More or less the same proportions for this UK-only bottling of 2,700 skittles. I believe it was the last Tun 1401 ever, before they started to issue much larger batches under the Tun 1509 moniker. Colour: amber, so darker than batch 7. Nose: more floral, wit peonies, and more sherried for sure, which the colour already suggested. More walnuts, a touch of bacon, then seven bags of raisins of all kinds, heather honey, and then simply notes of old sherry. Not sherried whisky, sherry as a wine. You know, Jerez. With water: a game-y side, some old hay, soy sauce, umami, chicken soup… Well, this is a Spartan story, three sherry casks managed to force nine bourbon casks to their knees. Mouth (neat): there’s this oakiness again, but this time it mingles with the spirit rather better, creating a mentholy and liquoricy profile that works a treat. Vicks, Seville oranges, peppermint, black pepper… You do feel the pepper in the back of your throat even before you’ve swallowed one single drop. With water: classic, complex, herbal, minty, and very raisiny. A blend of oloroso with PX (I know, a crime). Finish: rather long, smoother, never too oaky, with a dry aftertaste. Dry aftertastes always call for more. Comments: simply better. I mean, more to my liking… SGP:651 - 90 points.
WillemvdK Note
less than a year ago
WillemvdK gave this whisky 92 points

A real nosing whisky. You could spend an hour just nosing this beauty and it gets better by the minute. It changes character with time. A feature of only the greatest. This is spectacular. I enjoyed my 3cl in more than an hour and anyone else should too (or even longer).

lincolnimp Review note
less than a year ago
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90
Nose
90
Initial taste
92
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
88
Presentation
90
lincolnimp Tasting note
less than a year ago
lincolnimp gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Auburn
Nose

Rich sherry, resinous, Turkish Delight, blackberry, treacle.

Taste

Spicy, fizzy on caramel, almond, treacle tart, toffee. After a while hints of dark orange marmalade.

Finish

Quite long and spicy

Comments
WITH WATER
The nose is not as expressive.
The palate has lost some power even with minimal water.
The finish is not as good as when neat.

Water is not needed here, in fact it spoils it. Like the batch 5 it is rich, creamy and spicy.
Not as full on the palate as batch 5 but still very good.
Defeatless Review note
about a year ago
Defeatless gave this whisky 93 points

Nose: Dusk, fruit, leather, lovely spices, clearly very old and complex. Redfruit, sherry complex. hint of oak, very very well made.

Taste: Classic sweet and sour. Oak. Sherry is clearly here. little bitter note. yeast. more oak, some vanilla.

Body: full and powerfull

Finish: Cream vanilla, toffe fudge. hint of oak. Very nice

Price: quite expensive, but yet top quality.

Presentation: Sober but decent, let the whisky do the talking.

Comments: I tent to say this is the best whisky I've drunk so far.

Weighted Rate
93
Nose
93
Initial taste
93
Body
92
Finish
93
Price
90
Presentation
93
GlenSikkes Note
about a year ago

Tasting Notes and Comments by Balvenie;


Tun 1401 Batch 8

Floral and fruity on the nose, with hints of lightly toasted spices, brown sugar and ripe vanilla balancing the gentle oak tannins. The rich, fruity taste has a warming spiciness of cinnamon and ginger, underpinned by maple syrup, sweet vanilla and tangy citrus notes. Citrus, vanilla and a gentle oakiness are evident on the finish.

To craft The Balvenie Tun 1401, Malt Master David Stewart transfers specially selected casks from across the ages to a marrying tun cared for by the distillery's in-house team of coopers. The contents of these rare casks spent three months 'getting to know' one another in marrying tun number 1401, from which this single malt takes its name. The most recent release, Batch 8, is characterised by citrus fruits, vanilla and honey, has recently been bottled at an abv of 50.2% and will be available from June 2013 in Canada, Australia, the UK, France and a number of other European countries.
spoiled ape 4 life
Archer Review note
about a year ago
Archer gave this whisky 91 points

Ich bin kein allzu großer Fan der Destillerie, aber das Batch #8 des TUN 1401 hat mich umgehauen.

Weighted Rate
91
Nose
91
Initial taste
91
Body
92
Finish
91
Price
87
Presentation
92
newman346 Note
about a year ago
newman346 gave this whisky 95 points

Color さすがのどっしり感 Nose 意外な ラー油ギッシュなピーチ感 Attach 抑え気味の剛腕ハニー感 醤油ギッシュ Body 足腰抜群の強いミドル級 Taste いきなりの 渋柿から たたみいわし の 渋い系 アルコール感より はじめの一歩の島袋系 時間経過で 葡萄ギッシュ が 胡麻鯖感を 誘う 麦のがっしり感 Finish ウッディさから浸み出す 孔から 出る いぶりがっこ が たまらない やはり,Balvenie の安定感はたまらない https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyhars2ybm9n6

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€ 475.00

Overall rating
171 member votes
91.18
Average review ratings
Weighted Rate
90.54
Nose - Aroma
90.80
Initial taste
91.00
Body
90.60
Finish
91.20
Price
86.80
Presentation
91.40
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