To craft The Balvenie Tun 1401, Malt Master David Stewart transfers specially selected casks from across the ages to a marrying tun cared for by the distillery's in-house team of coopers. The contents of these rare casks spent three months 'getting to know' one another in marrying tun number 1401, from which this single malt takes its name. The most recent release, Batch 8, is characterised by citrus fruits, vanilla and honey, has recently been bottled at an abv of 50.2% and will be available from June 2013 in Canada, Australia, the UK, France and a number of other European countries.
Tun 1401 Batch 2
Silky smooth on the palate, a delicious complexity of floral sweetness and citrus orange peel notes is underpinned by tones of vanilla, honey and mature oak. The finish is rich, mellow and warming.
Tun 1401 Batch 3
Luxurious and deep with layers of vanilla oak, oily tannins, rich woody spices and sweet fruits. Initial sweetness gradually develops into deeper, richer oak with bursts of cinnamon, nutmeg, citrus and dark chocolate. The finish is exceptionally long and oaky.
Tun 1401 Batch 4
Creamily sweet on the nose, with luscious malty notes and concentrated honey layered with candied orange, dried apricot and polished oak. To taste, velvety smooth ripe fruits and a luxurious citrus sweetness are followed by a wave of vanilla, a hint of butterscotch and mellow spice - overlain with a pleasant oakiness. The finish is rich and mellow.
Tun 1401 Batch 5
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.
Tun 1401 Batch 7
Rich, deep and floral on the nose with luscious maltiness, blossom honey and notes of orange peel overlaid with a delicate sweetness and mature oak tannin. The taste is silky sweet, with cinnamon, honey and gentle vanilla mingling with hints of oak to give great depth of flavour. Citrus notes, soft vanilla and elegant honey linger on the finish.
Tun 1401 Batch 8
Floral and fruity on the nose, with hints of lightly toasted spices, brown sugar and ripe vanilla balancing the gentle oak tannins. The rich, fruity taste has a warming spiciness of cinnamon and ginger, underpinned by maple syrup, sweet vanilla and tangy citrus notes. Citrus, vanilla and a gentle oakiness are evident on the finish.