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10 Oct 2012

Balvenie Tun 1401 (batch 5)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Balvenie

The Balvenie has produced a real prize-winner with its Tun 1401. By now you know the story (if not, have a look at Tun 1401 batch 2). Batch n°5 is a marriage of four sherry casks (filled in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1975) with five bourbon casks (1966, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1991). Indeed, that means half of the casks were 40 years or older! All these casks were in the marrying tun for three months and bottled at cask strength.

Batch 1 was a distillery only release, batch 2 went to Europe and the Middle East, batch 3 to the USA, batch 4 for travel retail and batch 5 is for EMEA again. Batch 6 is on its way (USA), a vatting of 7 bourbon casks and 2 sherry butts.





Balvenie Tun 1401 batch 5Balvenie ‘Tun 1401’ (50,1%%, OB 2012, batch 5, 2862 btl.)

Nose: lots of beehive notes. It’s deeply honeyed and also shows beeswax and polished oak. Great start. Then the expected oranges and yellow plums. Fresh, bright sherry notes. Some almonds and vanilla syrup. Milk chocolate. Quite some cinnamon. Mouth: silky and rounded, fruity with more punch than expected. Oranges and lemons. Cinnamon again, soft pepper and liquorice too. Plum jam and honey. Raisins. Fades on citrus zest and caramelized nuts. Finish: medium long, citrusy, spicy and malty, with a slightly tangy oakiness in the end.

This is another excellent piece of blending supremacy. It really takes the best of both the sherry casks and bourbon casks. Originally around € 200, now gone or priced much higher. Thanks for the sample, Tino.

Score: 91/100

Balvenie Tun 1401 (batch 5) 4.5 Ruben Luyten 2012-10-10
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  • Ricardo

    I met the guy cranking the pump at a official Bavenie tasting last year and talked with him for a few minutes. In the video they are filling Tun 1401 with Batch 3 of which I have 3 bottles stashed. Have never tasted Batch 6 and have little interest since it is reported to be a bit below batch 3.
    BTW: At the official tasting I preferred the standard 12 YO. Unfortunately they didn’t have the 17 YO Doublewood which I think is a decent dram.

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