The Balvenie

Tun 1401 Batch 5

ABV 50%
REVIEWED Issue 106, Issue 107
Brand: The Balvenie
Expression: Tun 1401 Batch 5
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 50%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Balvenie Distillery, Dufftown, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Parkin cake and dark treacle, cinnamon laced apple pie, warm pastry, a touch of tobacco leaves.
Palate: Fruity, juicy tropical fruits. There is also a slow build of spices. Fresh cut woodand pencil boxes come through.
Finish: Crisp and lush.
Comment: A great follow up and superb blending skills on show.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Intense. Floral and woody. Sandalwood. Fading rose. Sour fruit. Stewed rhubarb. Varnished wood.
Palate: Crisp. Astringent. Wood is dominating. Then a sweet note of marshmallow and crystallised violet. Some ginger.
Finish: Quite short. Dry.
Comment: Wood speaks up. In an elegant way though.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Malty and oaky. Bracken, wet straw, damp wood. Opens on soft fruit andcider apple. Aniseed hint.
Palate: Crisp. Sweet and bitter. Oak speaks up. Raisins, candied ginger, hazelnut cake. The oak grip keeps on. A distant yeasty note.
Finish: Dry, oaky.
Comment: An oaky character. Aromatic but a bit dour, especially on the palate.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Soft and gentle with spun sugar notes at first. Then a little green tobacco,moving to dark treacle, fresh ploughed fields.
Palate: Sweet fruit, apple compote and brown sugar. A little nougat, faint spices andwarming bread. The oak takes a grip too but is well integrated.
Finish: White chocolate and drying.
Comment: Up front sweetness at first but in time there is more than just sugar here.
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