Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 5, 50.1%

The penultimate Balvenie review in this series. This one is released in Europe and the Middle East. For some reason they spread them thin across Europe…

This batch consists of nice casks, of which four were sherry butts (1970, 1971, 1972, 1975) and five bourbon casks (1966, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1991). A lot of old stuff is in there with a bit of 1991 to spice things up a bit, I guess.

The idea is that these releases are all unique and the casks are blended together in vat 1401. There also is a separate release for Taiwan that came from vat 1858.

Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 5. Image from Whiskybase

Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 5. Image from Whiskybase

Again a slight more spicy one than batch 3, just as batch 4 was. A bit less fresh but richer with tropical fruit. It has a certain dusty quality to it with pound cake and sherry scents. Honey as well, after all, we’re talking Balvenie here.

Full, rich and sweet. No real spiciness here but with honey and peaches. Also plums, cinnamon and oak. Lots of flavours, but all very well married together. The honey and fruit are most prominent but that edge of spice is very nice.

The finish has a bit more spice and has a very rich feel to it. It lasts pretty long with some allspice.

Again, a really lovely whisky. I’d say it’s rather feminin as most Balvenies are in my book. The 30 maybe is the exception but this one certainly is not. That might also be my biggest concern for the Tun 1401 series. It might all be a bit too gentle and easy going. There is a lot to be discovered but you really have to work it. Delicious, but in a timid way.

Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 5, 50.1%, Europe and Middle East. By now it’ll probably set you back some € 300.

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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