Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 6, 49.8%

The last of my Balvenie Tun 1401 samples to be reviewed at this time. I know I can get Batch 1 and 2 as well, but I haven’t seen the people that were willing to trade or sell in a long time.

Batch 6 was another one for the American market, which is nice since it gives you an extra 50 ml to savour! It consists of seven ‘traditional whisky casks’ and two sherry butts. The traditional whisky casks are of course bourbon barrels or hogsheads. I can’t seem to find the ages of all barrels for some reason.

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 6

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 6

Quite a lot of tropical fruit with grilled pineapple. Also quite some spices but not in surprising amounts, compared to the earlier ones. Due to the increase in fruit it smells a tad sweeter than the others. The wood is in the background and is rather fresh.

The palate is a lot spicier than the nose. Not in the way of added heat, but more spice flavours. Quite dry as well with a rather big emphasis on oak. Less typical Balvenie, less focus on honey. It’s there, but not as much.

The finish corrects that lack of honey right away. Spices honey to be sure with a little bit of bitterness. The sweet tropical fruitiness (peaches at least) lingers for quite a while.

While this is still a rather tasty whisky, it is my least favourite of the bunch. It started to show some more oomph, but in a very strange way. Mostly, it was as open as I would like it to be. There’s a lot of nice flavours but I found it very hard to describe which fruits, which spices. Still, worth the original price I guess, but it’s probably increased by now and that would make this one more for the collectors.

Balvenie Tun 1401, Batch 6, 49.8%, American market, released in October 2012. Used to cost $ 350.

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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