Balvenie Tun 1401
Batches 1 through 6 and counting.
26th Oct 2012
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Tasting Notes by hydrophil
I am a small time investor in whisky. I buy what I think might sell well in the future.
About 6 months ago I bought a few of the batch 5, then going through an airport I saw batch 4 hidden away in dark corner and snapped up the last three of them. Then I hunted around and found a few more still available of batch 2, I still hadn't tried even a dram of this stuff at this time, but I saw a lot of internet chatter about Tun 1401.
For some reason I thought, what the hell, let's complete the collection. I then paid a stupid amount for a bottle of batch 1 (about £1000/$1500) from scotchwhiskyauctions.com. I got two bottles of batch 3 imported from the US for retail price (Yeeha!)
It got to a stage where I had the best part of 15 or 20 bottles of a whisky I had never even tasted. I figured, well, if it all appreciates by even 10% I can afford to drink a bottle or two and lose nothing.
Well, I cracked open a bottle of batch 2 (I had three of them and knew where I could get two more for a decent price). NECTAR!
Such a rich, woody, complex, sweet nose and deep amber colour. Even through the initial alcohol fumes, but after letting the glass sit for 15 minutes the nose just developed constantly.
If you leave the glass to sit for a few hours the smell of a bowl of prunes and figs with a hint of sweet bonfire smoke. Damn, it's mesmerising.
Then, I had to open a bottle from another batch to compare. Batch 5, very comparable but softer flavours and nose, but perhaps more complex and lighter at the same time.
At the time of writing this review batch 6 has just been launched a week ago and I had my bottles of it arrive this morning.
My intention has now changed. I am keeping one bottle of each batch as an investment. A fully intact range of every single batch released. However, every single other Tun 1401 I own has now migrated to my "I REALLY need to drink this" collection rather than my "do not touch my investment" collection. Aside from Karuizawa Noh bottlings, this is the only time I have ever gone against my original intentions and turning an investment into something I cannot resist myself.
I would be hard pushed to state which expression, but I can tell you, Tun 1401 is in my top 5 whisky drinking experiences and I really recommend you crack open that bottle you have tucked away and drink it.