Balvenie bottles seventh Tun 1509 whiskyBy Owen Bellwood
Scotch whisky distillery Balvenie has unveiled the latest release in its Tun 1509 series, which comprises liquid from 21 casks that underwent a three-month marrying process.
Released annually, each bottling in The Balvenie Tun 1509 series features whiskies that comprise different casks married together in the distillery’s Tun 1509, housed in Warehouse 24, for several months.
The Balvenie Tun 1509, Batch 7 comprises whisky matured in Sherry hogsheads, ex-Bourbon American oak barrels and Double Wood refill Sherry butts, which has undergone a three-month marrying period in Tun 1509.
The marrying process is said to allow the whisky from each barrel “to mix and create a unique single malt Scotch whisky, which is more than the sum of its constituent parts”.
The resulting whisky is said to have flavours of “candied orange peel, lots of oak vanilla, some golden syrup, layers of honeycomb, toasted hazelnuts with some spicy ginger and nutmeg”. The finish is described as being sweet and malty with oak vanilla and spices.
The Balvenie’s malt master, David Stewart, said: “The Tun 1509 series has been hugely popular with whisky enthusiasts over the years and I’m in no doubt that this expression will receive a similar response.
“Batch 7 showcases this remarkable liquid resulting in a deep and rich Balvenie. It is intensely spicy with sweet aromas of dried fruits, notes of candied orange peel, golden syrup and honeycomb on the palate.”
Every bottle of Tun 1509 Batch 7 comes with a breakdown chart showing in-depth details about the whisky, with visual representations of the flavour profile of each cask involved in its creation.
Bottled at 52.4% ABV, Batch 7 of Tun 1509 will be available from October 2020 onwards with an RRP of US$409.99.