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The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9

17th October 2013
The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9 exclusively available in the US.

The Balvenie has announced the release of its latest expression in the very popular Tun 1401 series, The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9. Like Batch 3 (2011) & 6 (2012) this latest release in the series has been exclusively created for the U.S. market.

It will be available in limited supply from the beginning of  October 2013, this rare batch includes exceptional and precious liquid from a number of casks specially selected by the industry’s longest-serving Malt Master, David Stewart. David’s first batch of Tun 1401 was released in 2010, for sale only at The Balvenie’s Speyside Distillery.

Inspired by and produced in one of the oldest warehouses at The Balvenie Distillery, The Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 9 is a skilful marriage of some of the rarest treasures from the distillery’s Warehouse 24. This latest batch of Tun 1401 represents an unrepeatable selection of spirits sourced from eleven traditional whisky casks and three sherry butts, whose ages span a number of decades, and which have all been hand-selected by Stewart.

The whisky rested for several months in Tun 1401 – one of the distillery’s unique marrying vessels – to create a single malt that is greater than its already precious parts. The casks numbers in the Batch 9 vatting are:

Traditional American Whisky Casks
  • Cask No. 15921
  • Cask No. 5034
  • Cask No. 5249
  • Cask No. 55
  • Cask No. 12871
  • Cask No. 15326
  • Cask No. 6564
  • Cask No. 5826
  • Cask No. 13461
  • Cask No. 1635
  • Cask No. 939

Sherry Butts

  • Cask No. 12612
  • Cask No. 13572
  • Cask No. 13135

After David Stewart selected these casks, they were all transferred into the now famous Balvenie Tun 1401, which is a traditional oak marrying vessel cared for by the distillery’s on-site team of coopers. It was left to marry, this process allows the constituent parts that have aged from across decades to come together and create an exceptionally complex single malt Scotch whisky.

"We’ve identified what we believe to be an unprecedented range of liquids to comprise this Tun 1401 batch from the vast library of very rare whisky currently maturing at The Balvenie Distillery," said David Stewart, Malt Master for The Balvenie. "The end result is a complex and completely unique marriage characterized by dark fruits and marmalade on the nose. Its richness and smoothness is underpinned with dark chocolate sweetness, delicate honey notes and a distinctly long, spicy finish.”

The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9 was hand-bottled at 49.3% ABV, it is a limited release with an RRP of $250.

For the travellers amongst you look out for Batch 10 in March 2014 when the Balvenie plan to release Batch 10 exclusively in Global Travel Retail.

The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 9 Tasting Notes

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: On the Nose, Batch 9 is an intricate blend of elegant oak, dark fruits and marmalade.

Taste: This unique whisky tastes of opulent sherried fruitiness and mature oak tannins balanced with hints of honey and dark chocolate.

Finish: The finish has a spicy outburst which lingers on the rich, syrupy finish.

The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batches 1 to 9

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 1
The first batch was made for distillery visitors only, and was created from 6 casks – a 1973 Sherry Butt, a 1972 Sherry Hogshead and American casks from 1966, 1974, 1978 and 1988.

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 2
Released only in the UK, Europe, Asia, and South Africa and is made up of 10 casks, mostly from the 1970s with one from the 1960s and one from the 1980s.

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 3
Similar to batch 2, but was made for US distribution only. Due for release Fall 2011.

Video - Creation of Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 3

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 4
Made for travel retail. Mr Stewart normally allows three months for the marrying period, but batch four was married for a total of four months.

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 5
Batch 5 released worldwide, made up of 9 casks, five traditional American oak casks from 1966, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1991 and four sherry butts distilled in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1975. All married in the impressive Tun 1401.

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 6
The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 6, this is the 2nd batch to be released exclusively in the United States. Released in October 2012.

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 7
The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 7, this is the 2nd batch to be released exclusively in Global Travel Retail. Released in January 2013.

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8
The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 is a limited release of 2700 bottles and will be available in the UK, Europe and Australasia. Released in June 2013.

How do the batches differ?
When asked how he expects the batches to differ, Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart said, "…the batches do have some similarity but if one were to line the batches up for sampling, which I haven’t done yet, we might be surprised by the differences that there are. I think that each has this citrus orangey flavour which seems consistent…"

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