Scotch - Single Malt

The Balvenie Tun 1401 Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky

From: Speyside, Scotland Liquor Review Category: Single Malt Scotch

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2012

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The Balvenie Distillery takes its name from Balvenie Mains--the fields that gave the whisky its grain--and Balvenie Castle, both figuring in the history of the British Isles. It officially founded in 1893 by William Grant and it still grows its own barley from the 1,000 acre farm. The scotch is made with local spring water, lightly peated, and fermented in the unique "Balvenie ball" in the copper pot still that is mean to "concentrate and sweeten" the flavors. Balvenie has its own cooperage to maintain its casks.

The Balvenie Tun 1401 is a limited edition from a particular vat from their Warehouse 24, what they call "the oldest area of the distillery grounds." The goal was to "Capture the essence of the warehouse in the bottle." They're produced in batches that are  "married" over 3 months prior to bottling. The batches include: 1) a blend of scotch formerly offered to distillery vistiors only from 1972 and 1973 sherry casks and 1966, 1974, 1978, and 1988 American oak 2) a batch formerly offered in Europe and Asia 10 casks from the 1960s and 1970s; 3) a North American edition of batch 2; and 4) a new retail-only release that will marry for 4 months. While there is some expectation of variation in the scotch, Master Distiller David Stewart claims, "the batches do have some similarity but if one were to line the four 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…” As of 2013, they're up to Batch 9, which was released in October, 2013. 

We've opted to combine the different batches into a single listing in our database.

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 1 rating and 1 review.
oscarswanson oscarswanson (1) (2013-12-05)
I have tried all three US releases and must say they are some of the finest whisky's I have had. Batch 9 is now out as of Oct. of 2013.
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