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20 Mar 2013

Balvenie Tun 1401 (batch 6)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Balvenie

The sixth batch of Balvenie Tun 1401 already. Read this for more insight into its concept. Batch n°6 was a USA exclusive, just like batch n°3. While its composition is similar (seven bourbon casks, three sherry casks) it is said to have less sherry character than its predecessor.

Batch n°7 should be arriving in travel retail stores any time now.


Balvenie Tun 1401 - Batch 6Balvenie ‘Tun 1401’
(49,8%, OB 2012, batch 6, 2500 btl.)

Nose: less sherry maybe, but definitely more bourbon than other version. Polished bourbon oak, that is. Sawdust. Leather. Orange peel as a common thread in all Tun 1401 releases. Hints of cigar boxes. Evolving mostly on floral notes (chamomile). Mouth: sweet attack with hints of vanilla and honey, but quickly turning to woody notes again. Sourish oak, coupled to lemon and a bit of pepper. Some tobacco. Loosing some of its body along the lines. Finish: medium long, dry and zesty, with slightly bitter oak.

I had the impression other batches were fruitier, richer and less oak-driven. It’s doesn’t really disappoint but it makes it drop below 90 points in my book. While meant for the US, in Holland has some on offer for € 400.

Score: 88/100

Balvenie Tun 1401 (batch 6) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-03-20
  • Laddie Teun

    I really like this one. together with batch 3, the best in the series so far.I find this one less woody than some other batches.

  • Jonathan

    I totally agree with this fine analysis – right in the money.
    The tun 3 was worth the cost. The tun 6 is not.
    I realize this is a personal taste. But is you love balvenie 21 yr old and use it as a golden standard of what you like in balvenie- the tun 3 is a joy. The 6 is more oak and burbom- less fruit and sherry.
    Not worth $500. But still worth it if your brother buys you one



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