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Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9

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Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9

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  • Brand: Balvenie
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 49.3%

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Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9

This is batch #9

sample from a friend

Nose: Ah, refreshing and rich. Mentholated honey. Sweet, and also strongly (and strangely?) herbal. Mint, sage, and thyme. Whiffs of vanilla and caster sugar, then a wave of light tropical fruits. Papaya, guava, and everything nice. Calming oak comes through, very gracefully aged, it would seem. Sweet wood. Sweet lemon zest (just a little), and chamomile tea blend. Lovely and rich. (with water) This baby is a swimmer! A few drops and it's like Michael Phelps. Everything is bigger, more vivid, more aromatic, and more more.

Palate: Thick, sweet, and rich. Then there is plenty of oak, extremely well balanced. Ginger, acacia honey, bags of lemon zest (sweet), and pith. In the very depths, the sherried character emerges, strawberries, rhubard, raspberries, and jammy lingonberries. Maybe even a vodka based fruit filling. (with water) Water pulls out more of the oak and bitter, waxy pith. Still, rather excellent, and a hint of mirabelles, all things I love. Hooray for excellent whisky!

Finish: Thin honey, sticky and waxy fruit oils and zest. Pith and bitter oak. Even then, there's still the herbal quality. An excellent dram, and a hair better on the nose with water.


This review is for the 9th Batch of the Tun 1401 Series. It is the 3rd in the series to be released in the US following Batches 3 and 6. I was fortunate enough to secure some of the 3rd Batch, and it was fantastic. How does this 9th Batch measure up?

Smells great. Very clean. Noticeable sherry. Faint marshmallow. Also a bit of honeysuckle. After swirling the first sip around, it quickly begins to concentrate its assault on the tongue - It is prickly and a bit grippy. The honeycomb I loved so much in the 3rd Batch comes through only after the swallow. There is also a spicy medicinal burn on the aftertaste. It is not the traditional "christmas pudding" sort of spice so often associated with Scotch. More...woodsy. Maybe a bit of menthol? Quite some saline too. Grippy burn of the wood is unmistakable on the dry and warming finish. To my tastes, this is a more savory and dry scotch than the Batch 3. I wish the honey was not a short lived as it is, but it still contributes to the party.

Overall, a well put together older whisky. It is not too sweet, and never veers into bitterness. Possesses a peppery burn which really seizes the tongue. It seems a bit more complex than the Batch 3, even if it is not as tasty. Glad to have had this one. Looking forward to a taste of the Batch 6 one day.

I miss my Batch Three

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