Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch No. 7 Single Malt Scotch
To produce Batch 7 of Tun 1509, master distiller David Stewart continued his exploration of the Speyside distillery’s aged and precious stocks to find 21 unique casks to marry in the Tun, which is maintained by the distillery’s team of on-site coopers and sits proudly in Warehouse 24. The liquid was left to marry for three months before being bottled at the distillery. This rare technique creates the perfect environment for the different casks to ‘knit’ together, allowing each of their composite qualities to mix and create a unique single malt Scotch that is more than the sum of its constituent parts. The casks include four American oak barrels, 10 sherry butts and seven hogsheads.
This is top-shelf Balvenie, no question. The nose exudes the sherry influence in the whisky, but there’s also a ton of oak in the mix. Boldly nutty and spicy with lively aromas of hot buttered rum, raisins, dates, ground ginger, and brown sugar, it’s racy but well balanced. The palate displays notes of brown butter, dried fruits, candied orange peel, golden syrup, honeycomb, toasted hazelnuts, ginger, and nutmeg - offering a smoldering experience with gentle sweetness. On the finish, sherry makes a triumphant return, with notes of raisins and old, oily leather all well represented. A beautiful whisky that’s hard to put down.