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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Balvenie 'Tun 1401' (50.2%, OB, batch #8, +/-2013) 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.
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).
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.