The Balvenie has bottled the seventh expression in its collectable Tun 1509 series.
Following batches 1 through 6, Batch 7 is a non-chill-filtered whisky, 52.4% ABV. Like others in the series, it’s meant to reflect the work of The Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart.
To produce Batch 7 of Tun 1509, Stewart continued his exploration of the Speyside distillery’s aged stocks to find 21 casks to marry in the tun, which is maintained by the distillery’s team of coopers in Warehouse 24. The liquid was left to marry for three months before being bottled at the distillery.
This technique creates an environment for different casks to ‘knit’ together, allowing each of their composite qualities to mix and create a unique single malt Scotch whisky.
“The Tun 1509 series has been hugely popular with whisky enthusiasts over the years and I’m in no doubt that this expression will receive a similar response,” says Stewart. “Batch 7 showcases this remarkable liquid resulting in a deep and rich Balvenie. It is intensely spicy with sweet aromas of dried fruits, notes of candied orange peel, golden syrup and honeycomb on the palate.”
Launching across the U.S. this month, The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 7 is comprised of liquid from Sherry hogshead, Ex-Bourbon American oak barrels and Double Wood refill Sherry butts, which were used once to finish Double Wood before being filled with new make.
Every bottle of Tun 1509 Batch 7 comes with a breakdown chart showing details of the whisky, with visual representations of the flavor profile of each of the 21 casks and the overall character of the resulting single malt.
Batch 7 of Tun 1509 will be available from October onwards at an SRP of $409.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
This follows the recent release of The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0614, a 50-year-old Scotch.