The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 7
The Balvenie // Speyside, Scotland
The Balvenie Tun 1509 is limited edition series which features single malts selected and blended by malt master David Stewart. These whiskies are then allowed to mature further in the distillery's Warehouse 24 in a large vat dubbed Tun 1509. For Batch 7, Steward married 21 "rare and precious casks" for 3 months in the Tun. These casks held single malt which matured in three different barrel types: refill sherry hogsheads, ex-bourbon American oak, and Doublewood refill sherry butts (used to finish Doublewood and then refilled with new make and aged). This is bottled at 52.4% ABV without chill filtration. Available in the US as of October 2020.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typesherry hogshead, ex-bourbon, and Doublewood refill sherry butts
"It really is like winter dessert in a glass! The nose is all vanilla custard, burnt sugar (so crème brûlée), and roasted chestnuts. It's even more caramelly on the palate, with flavors of candied orange, pinecone, and even a whiff of evergreen trees. A subtle note of espresso keeps the sweetness in check. Though it's pale in appearance and light on the tongue, It's definitely an end of meal Scotch whisky that would pair well with sweet foods, but as a sip-alone whisky it's one that's not too overly rich or treacly. "