The Balvenie Tun 1401 takes its name from the traditional wooden tun in which it is married. Malt Master David Stewart first experimented with the marrying tun in 2010, when he selected small samples of The Balvenie from six of the distillery's most precious casks. He then left them to spend a few months getting to know one another in the oak vessel and, as he expected, the resulting malt proved to be even greater than the sum of its parts. This first batch of The Balvenie Tun 1401 was only available at the distillery and was highly prized by many. Earlier this year David Stewart created a further batch of The Balvenie Tun 1401. Batch 5 is characterised by sweetness, spiciness and oak, has recently been bottled at an abv of 50.1% and will be available in a number of European countries and Australia.
A profusion of fragrant fruit on the nose before sweet vanilla emerges alongside honey and spices. The taste is a velvety smooth balance between sweetness and oak tannin, underpinned by a sherried character full of dried fruits and a cinnamon and ginger spiciness. The finish is rich, sweet and spicy.