For the Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2, David Stewart selected 32 casks varying in volume, strength and age – 18 traditional American Oak Barrels, 5 American Oak Casks, 7 Sherry Butts and 2 Sherry Hogsheads. The whisky was filled into Tun 1509 and allowed to marry in Warehouse 24 for several months before bottling.
This Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2 was bottled in 2015 at 50,3% ABV. There were 8500 bottles available.
Balvenie Tun 1509 batch 2 tasting notes:
Nose: Oranges and mandarins, fresh peeled mandarins, spiced biscuits, apricots, flowers, nuts, zesty. The oranges and mandarins and apricots are abundant. A very nice nose! All coated in honey and a touch of vanilla.
Taste: It starts with the oranges and mandarins again, apricots, there is some kind of bitternes in there and spicy. Pepper of chilli is surfacing. Also I get some oakiness. It feels a bit young. Some raisins in there. I can sense the sherry and bourbon casks used. It’s a very good vatting although to me the bitterness is overpowering the potential of the fruitiness.
Finish: A thick mouthfeel, a little bit chewy but definitely mouth coating. Caramel, sugar and honey. Little bit of spiciness left in the finish. Mouth watering.
I am picking out small things but in general I would say (as I did before) it’s a very good whisky! The nose wins it from the taste. This Balvenie Tun 1509 batch 2 is a very good vatting, although I must say the Balvenie Tun 1401 I tasted before was much better. I would not be surprised if some of the other batches are better too. In comparison with the earlier tuns this is falling behind. I would look out for other batches or the tun 1401 releases.