Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 5 700ml
"Tun 1509 (Batch 5) is a limited-edition release from Balvenie where malt master gets to pick some of his favourite casks and marry them together to create his ultimate Balvenie. Batch 5 is a vatting of 29 casks: 10 x bourbon barrels, 8 x sherry butts, 8 x sherry hogsheads and 3 x refill American oak casks. The result is a rich and fruity dram, balancing spice and dark sherry-cask character against elegant oak.
Colour: Rich mahogany
On the nose: Bright – flavours of chocolate, vanilla and orange coming together. Some ripe red fruits glide in as well (strawberries and raspberries). Malty scents support the base – fruity sponge cake baked to perfection. This is accompanied by earthy notes that provide even more grounding to the sweet aromas. Light honey and nectarines swirl in as well to add even more complexity.
In the mouth: The texture – creamy, velvety, smooth. It starts off soft and sweet – those vanilla sponge cake flavours kicking things off. Add in a staccato of chocolate notes. Nectarines work alongside baked apple crisp. Maple sap (that raw sweetness before it becomes delicious maple syrup) makes a cameo appearance. A lovely long finish with just the slightest touch of oak to complement a few herbal and spicy notes that make a fleeting appearance."