Wednesday, October 01, 2014


Following the warm reception the whisky world gave to Tun 1401, The Balvenie Malt Master, David Stewart, will showcase his experimental marrying concept with a new release this autumn – The Balvenie Tun 1509.

David Stewart is Scotch whisky’s most experienced Malt Master and The Balvenie Tun 1509 showcases the rare skills he has acquired in a lifetime dedicated to his craft.
The New Balvenie Tun 1509 - 47.1% ABV

David celebrated his 50th anniversary at The Balvenie in 2012 and with Tun 1509 he continues to bring old and precious whiskies together in a single marrying vessel.

Tun 1509 differs to its predecessor in that it holds roughly four times the liquid volume of Tun 1401, allowing David to showcase a wider range of component casks, meaning for even greater complexity in the marriage.

To create the first batch of Tun 1509, David carefully hand selected 42 of the finest casks – 35 traditional American oak barrels and seven European oak sherry butts – from the distillery’s precious aged stocks. All were transferred to Tun 1509, which sits in Warehouse 24, for several months before bottling.

This is a rare interpretation of the marrying process and allows all 42 casks to come together to create a unique expression of The Balvenie that’s greater than the sum of its constituent parts.

Commenting on the release of Tun 1509, David Stewart said: “I’ve carefully considered each of the 42 whiskies in turn and they all bring something different to the table; combinations of spice, oak, delicacy and sweetness. This particular whisky has exceptional character; deep and rich on the nose, with floral notes, sweet vanilla and orange peel. Then it’s velvety smooth to taste with tangy citrus, mellow cinnamon spice and blossom honey.”

Tun 1509 showcases David Stewart’s expertise of marrying whiskies, resulting in the creation of a single malt with an unparalleled character. Each bottle of Tun 1509 comes with in-depth detail on the whisky with visual representations of the flavour profile of each of the 42 constituent casks and the overall character of the resulting single malt.

Higher strength at 47.1% ABV and non-chill filtered, the first batch of Tun 1509 will start appearing on shelves of whisky specialists around the world from November 2014 for a RRP of £225.

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