Sunday 4 March 2018

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 2 Review

Hi everyone,

How’d I miss this beauty? I don’t know if it’s something about whisky festivals but people seem to be hugely generous when they are at these things. Perhaps it’s all that great whisky, but people you’ve just met seem to be willing to give you their amazing drams.
Tomatin 36, Springbank 25, Lagaulin Jazz 2017 and then this.
Of course, the notes made of these whiskies are normally brief and should be taken with a bigger pinch of salt than normal perhaps but it’s always great to share to some of these great drams with people who are enjoying them and want you to enjoy them too.
Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 2 50.6%
Colour: Dark Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: BEAUTIFUL. So classy, some oak, orange oil, great old oils and polish. Antique is the word.
Taste: Nice arrival, builds up but not quite as amazing here. Orange, classy antique furniture.
Finish: Long length. Back to amazing territory, great great oak, chocolate. Really keeps going.
Another stunner from Balvenie, if the taste was up to the nose and finish this would definitely be in the 90's but I thought Batch 4 was the better one. I believe this was a married of 7 refill barrels and 3 Sherry butts.

Thanks for reading!

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