The Balvenie Tun 1509 series of annual releases are crafted by Malt Master David C Stewart MBE, and bring together some of the distillery's most precious aged stocks. This seventh release combines four American oak refill barrels, ten refill sherry butts and seven sherry hogsheads, all married in the famed Tun 1509 traditional oak marrying vessel for three months. Bottled at a natural cask strength of 52.4% abv, this limited edition release showcases Stewart's expert knowledge of almost 60 years in service.
The nose has plenty of rich oak and sweet dried fruit aromas. The palate brings a rich and lush sensation, with a slightly tangy note of candied orange peel, vanilla oak, honeycomb, golden syrup and toasted hazelnut before a touch of ginger and nutmeg. The finish is sweet and malty with spiced vanilla oak.