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The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 7 is coming soon

The Balvenie Tun 1401 series of whisky crafted by Malt Master David Stewart continues to be a favourite amongst whisky lovers around the world. Batch 6 has just been released in the US (sorry folks, a US release only) and is sure to sell fast. I featured Batch 5 as my whisky of the month back in August – a whisky that has received wide acclaim.

For those that don’t know, a tun is a 2000 litre cask, too big to age whisky in, but perfect for marrying whiskies after they have been vatted together for a few months before bottling. Tun 1401 is one of these casks and was moved into Balvenie’s famed Warehouse 24 back in 2010 and David began experimenting with some of Balvenie’s aged stock. His first creation consisted of stock from the 1960s through to the early 1990s and produced Batch 1 which consisted of around 300 bottles and was only sold at the distillery.

David Stewart inspects the whisky sitting in Tun 1401

During a live video conference with David Stewart yesterday (to celebrate and find out more about his special Balvenie 50 year old – blog post coming soon!) the conversation swung onto the subject of the Tun 1401 range and I asked him about what we could expect for Batch 7. His verbatim reply was as follows:

“Batch 7 is in our marrying tun at the moment, it was filled back in August. It is going into Travel Retail possibly at year-end or early next year. It’s more of an American Oak style. Actually there are 11 different casks in Batch 7. The oldest being from 1970 and the youngest from 1991. There are 9 American Oak casks and 2 European Oak casks so it’s more of a Balvenie style that one would recognise – honey and sweetness because of the American Oak.”

In summary:

  • Batch 7 has been marrying in Tun 1401 since August this year
  • Batch 7, like Batch 4 before it, is destined for the Travel Retail market
  • 11 casks were used, 9 of which were American Oak and 2 of which were European Oak
  • This batch will be released at the end of 2012 or early 2013
  • The style will be more akin to Balvenie’s core style, so expect lots of vanilla and honeyed sweetness

Now all I need to do is hop onto a plane in the New Year, fly to the States and grab myself a bottle of Batch 6 (if there are any left) and swing past duty-free on the way back and grab a bottle of Batch 7. Anyone want to come with?

Slàinte!

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