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    Balvenie Tun
    1509 Batch 2

    £270.00 Ex VAT £225.00

    ABV: 50.3%

    Bottle size: 70cl

    Availability: Out of stock

    Orange Sweet Dried Fruit Vanilla Honey Ginger Citrus

    The Balvenie Tun has attracted a cult following all over the world with each release usually selling out within days. Their latest release could prove to be even more popular with only 643 bottles available to purchase within the UK.

    Balvenie’s Tun 1509 series was introduced in 2014 to replace the company’s earlier Tun 1402, which began as a distillery exclusive in 2010 and sold out immediately. 

    For both series, David Stewart, Balvenie’s legendary Malt Master, selected a number of casks of varying volumes, strengths and ages – nothing younger than 22 years in the 1402 series; my guess is the same for Tun 1509 series. He then disgorged the casks into a large marrying tun – hence the name; there is no significance in the number: tuns 1402 and 1509 were simply the most convenient. To create the second batch of Tun 1509, David chose 32 casks – 23 traditional American oak hogsheads and barrels, seven European oak sherry butts and two ex-sherry hogsheads. All were transferred to Tun 1509, which sits in Balvenie’s famous Warehouse 24, for several months to marry before bottling. Marrying allows the different whiskies to mingle together and create a unique expression of The Balvenie which, as blenders say – ‘is greater than the sum of its constituent parts.’ 

    Bright amber. A soft, rich aroma, with ripe plums and prunes, topped by an intriguing fragrant note – rose water, scented hand-cream – and enlivened by a fresh, nose-cooling squeeze of orange zest. Joined by vanilla ice cream after a while. Deliciously feminine. The taste is sweet, fragrant and tannic, with white pepper and light, creamy vanilla; a lengthy finish. At (slightly) reduced strength the aroma is unchanged; if anything, the taste characteristics are exaggerated. 

    This release has been created using 32 casks, 23 of which were American oak and 9 were European sherry. Each cask was hand selected by master blender David Stewart. Bottled at 50.3% volume 8500 bottles produced in total.

    David Stewart joined family distillers William Grant & Sons in 1962, at the age of 17 and progressed to become the Malt Master and Master Blender. David's view is that all Master Blenders must be absolutely dedicated to their art and craft, as it takes 10-12 years to develop the knowledge and skill required to perform well in the role. One of the most humble men in whisky, David Stewart created the range of The Balvenie expressions in the early 1990s, including the seminal DoubleWood, and has watched his baby grow with quiet pride over the years. Every bottle of Tun 1509 Batch 2 comes with a poster with simple flavour wheels, illustrating David and his colleague Brian Kinsman’s (Glenfiddich’s Malt Master) assessment of the flavour profile of each cask under the simple headings ‘spice’, ‘oak' ‘sweet’ and ‘delicate’ (i.e. fruity/floral). The carton is decorated with a similar assessment of the finished whisky, and the reverse of the tube lists all the casks used, by cask and wood type, and the flavour values ascribed to each.
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    Customer Reviews


    Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2
    Another top quality whisky from The Balvenie
    Reviewer: Feefo Reviews
    Posted on 27-Aug-2015
    Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2
    havent tried it yet!
    Reviewer: Feefo Reviews
    Posted on 10-Aug-2015
    Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2
    Sono amante della qualità degli whisky Balvenie e non vedo l'ora di assaggiare questa nuova versione
    Reviewer: Feefo Reviews
    Posted on 06-Aug-2015