Type: Single Malt
Score: 92 points
This is the initial release from The Balvenie’s Tun 1509, a new blending tun four times the size of Malt Master David Stewart’s previous Tun 1401. The larger tun was used to blend 35 American Oak casks and 7 European Oak ex-Sherry butts for several months before bottling. The canister includes details and Stewart’s tasting notes for each of the 42 casks, a rarity in the secretive world of whisky blending.
The nose is sweet with honey, candied orange peel, a hint of brown sugar, and notes of coconut, toffee, and plums. The taste is syrupy-sweet with honey, vanilla, a touch of cinnamon, orange peel, grapefruit, and toffee notes. The finish has a lingering tartness with hints of licorice, toffee, and dark chocolate. Excellent! (October, 2014)