A marriage as complex as this could only be presided over by Malt Master David Stewart MBE. To create this eight and final batch of the Balvenie Tun 1509, David hand-selected 18 of the finest casks in Balvenie’s stocks. Four ex-bourbon barrels, six second fill Sherry butts, five refill puncheons, and three new sherry butts were all married together in a traditional marrying Tun for three months. The resulting expression, free from chill filtration and presented at 52.2% abv, is a sensational last hurrah.
One can find notes that reminds one of home-made baking, such as baked lemon tart, orange marmalade, sweet maple syrup and a certain nuttiness. The palate is rich, with big decadent notes of toffee, dried spices, toasted oak, and buttery vanilla. The finish has notes of freshly planed oak, and lingers for a wonderfully long time.