William Grant & Sons has announced the launch of the third batch of the Tun 1509 expression, which will be released globally in July.
Balvenie Tun 1509 – Batch 3 (52.2% ABV) has been crafted using 31 constituent casks, which have been chosen and married together by Balvenie’s Malt Master David Stewart MBE.
David used 12 sherry butts distilled between 1989 and 1992, 11 American oak hogsheads distilled in 1989 and eight refill American Oak butts distilled in 1992 and 1993. All were transferred to the single marrying vessel, which for several months sits proudly in the distillery’s Warehouse 24 before bottling.
Each bottle of Balvenie Tun 1509 – Batch 3, comes with in-depth detail on the packaging, with visual representations of the flavour profiles of each of the 31 constituent casks and the overall character of the resulting single malt.
Commenting on the launch, David Stewart MBE said: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive reception and recognition that Batches 1 and 2 of Tun 1509 have received from the industry. We hope this limited release of Batch 3 will be received in a similar fashion as it possesses those familiar Balvenie characteristics that made previous batches so popular.”
He went on to say: “Utilising my knowledge of our whisky stocks and the process of marrying the different cask together, we have created a whisky of rich complexity with elegant oaky notes and dried fruits balanced by mellow cinnamon spices and ginger. It also has lovely layers of vanilla oak, rich woody spices, dark fruits and a definite sherry character interspersed with elegant honey.”
David, who this year was awarded an MBE for services to the Scotch whisky industry, is one of the industry’s most experienced and admired Malt Masters, and The Balvenie Tun 1509 expertly showcases the skills he has developed during almost 54 years of service.
Limited to 8,850 bottles, Balvenie Tun 1509 – Batch 3, will be available from specialist retailers next month.