Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch No. 9
Added on Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 49.30 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
This U.S. release "hit shelves" in November 2013. We say "hit shelves" because it was very allocated and hard to find, but still findable. Original retail $260.
Member Ratings and Notes

Heavy candied nose with strong sherry and oak spices that are very well balanced.  The taste is sharp, nutty and fruity.  Chocolate in the lingering and surprisingly fresh (read as malty and floral) - I have not gotten as much freshness from other batches.  The finish is medium long and this is very easy drinking.  Not quite chuggable...but half a bottle could be gone before you realize it.


Unlike Adam - I think Batch 3 was slightly better...

This is really good stuff! Delicious, very alive and "fresh" tasting. Sweet, with honey and white raisins, figs, caramel, apples, pears. All of that in the nose and palate, in a just-right degree. After time I get some mild mulling spices and cardamom, with a little hint of mandarin orange. 

I think I like it just as much as Batch 3. Way too easy to drink!
Very strong A-. 
Orange amber color. The nose is very sweet and complex, with floral elements, plum, honey, spring grass, and especially after time red berry and fruit elements enveloped everything. The palate is sooo tasty and balanced between the sweet elements on the nose and some spiced sherry elements. The finish is light and nice. Way too easy to drink. I like this more than batch #6; up in the air how I feel versus batch #3, would be a close call. [12/13/13] 

Nose:  Big fruit, grapes, figs, candied fruit.

palate: Rich sherry, starts moderately sweet but then gets drier as it goes down.  Syrupy mouthfeel with malt notes at the end.

Finish: sherry, bubblegum, apple cider


Very balanced.



N: A good mix of sherry and bourbon honey sweetness.  Fresh cut wood, fruit jams and hay.  This is refreshing and light while complex and balanced.


P: Butter seared fruit, heather, mango, apple, pear and vanilla sweetness.


F: Wax and bitter vegetal stuff


n: Chocolate covered cherries


p:  Sandalwood, whole wheat bread, prune candy. 




Different than Batch 3 but not quite there.  Clearly better than Batch 6. 


N: Very fruity - figs, apples. Cognac, hawaiian sweet bread, butter. That candied, "new plastic toy from childhood" flavor I love. Up there with my favorites smells. 

P: Fresh. More fruit. Grassy. A walk in the park. Just the right amount of heat. Well rounded/balanced. Not super bold, but confident.

F: Gets fairly sweet. Pretty darn lip smacking. 


I have to tip the scale here to just barely an A. Damn delicious.  


n: delicious oak and base malt. Honey coated berries with more of a bourbon wood influence on the nose. Heavy on the buttery toffee and walnuts. Really nice with floral, cocoa, and ripe red fruit elements.


t: honeycomb on a graham cracker and golden plump raisins. A lot of caramel and pancake syrup and a light floral deliciousness to this that makes it so delicious and easy to drink. Delicious and spectacular whisky with a nice white frosting cinnamon roll finish.


[A-/A., just a fraction below batch #3]

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