The latest limited edition Balvenie is the second in their tun series, the first being Tun 1401. After nine different limited bottlings of the popular Tun 1401 series, Balvenie is now using a decidedly larger blending tun. The 1509 tun is 400% larger and holds 42 butts of whisky.
Math Lesson: A butt is equal to two hogsheads (52.5 imperial gallons), so figure roughly 50 gallons times 42. That’s a whole lot of whisky!
The blend is a mix of 7 ex-Sherry oak barrels and 35 American oak barrel aged whiskies. These are then aged in Tun 1509 for several months.
The Balvenie Tun 1509 (94.2 proof)
Visual: Deep amber.
Nose: Apple, fig, prune, and creme brulee.
Taste: More apple notes, with a hearty dose of malt. Lightly sweet and heathery with very little peat smoke. Quite flavorful and rich in a holiday sort of way. Think baking spices in a plum pudding.
Finish: Medium long with several woody and slightly bitter notes cleansing the palate, preparing you for more.
Overall: A fine whisky with a lot going for it. The balance of sherry is just right here, not too sweet and yet adds that extra dimension.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: The Balvenie