New expression from the Dufftown distillery marries 23 casks in a true expression of whisky craft.

The Balvenie, the world’s most handcrafted single malt Scotch whisky, is proud to present The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 4 – the much-anticipated next chapter in the highly collectable Tun 1509 series.

As with its predecessors, The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 4 brings to the fore the whisky stock management skill of one of the industry’s longest-serving Malt Masters, David Stewart MBE, who has drawn upon his 54 years’ of whisky making experience to create an expression of exquisite quality.

To create Batch 4 of Tun 1509, David explored the distillery’s aged stocks and expertly selected 23 traditional whisky casks and Sherry butts, before transferring their precious liquid to the Tun marrying vessel in the distillery’s Warehouse 24.

The whisky was left to marry for several months before being bottled at the distillery. This marrying process is a rare technique and allows the different elements of all 23 whiskies to combine together and create a unique single malt of exceptional character.

“Stock management is a unique and enjoyable part of my job as Malt Master and Tun 1509 Batch 4 is a perfect example of how marrying together various individual casks can create an expression of real quality. Using both traditional casks and Sherry butts, we’ve been able to craft a complex and rich expression of The Balvenie – combining malty sweet vanilla and honeycomb on the nose, followed by concentrated honey, rich dried fruits and cinnamon and ginger spiciness. I’ve been delighted by the response of the whisky community to previous batches and I’m sure Batch 4 will be as highly regarded.”
– David Stewart MBE, on the Release of Tun 1509 Batch 4

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Series, package and bottle

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Series

Each bottle of Tun 1509 Batch 4 comes with in-depth detail on the whisky with visual representations of the flavour profile of each of the 23 constituent casks and the overall character of the resulting single malt.

Non-chill filtered and bottled at 51.7% ABV, Batch 4 of Tun 1509 is now available at an SRP of $399.

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 4 tasting notes

  • Nose: Rich and malty, sweet toffee vanilla fudge. Layers of honeycomb and citrus notes ending in some mild oak spices.
  • Taste: Very syrupy with luscious malty notes and concentrated honey. The initial sweetness gradually develops into deeper richer oak with some dried fruits and a cinnamon and ginger spiciness.
  • Finish: Luxurious and honeyed with delicate spices and oak.

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