The words “hotly anticipated” are used a lot in the whisky world, but the new Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 2 is, without doubt, one dram all Speyside lovers have been waiting for.
Like the award-winning and highly sought-after Balvenie Tun 1401 series that came before it, Balvenie Tun 1509 celebrates the art of “marrying” by bringing together 23 American oak casks and nine European oak sherry casks’ worth of whisky from the distillery’s prized stocks for several months in a specially commissioned oak vat in Warehouse 24, the oldest part of this 120-year-old distillery. Bottled at a higher-than-average 50.3 per cent abv and non-chill filtered to preserve every ounce of character, it combines the Balvenie’s signature honeyed citrus and vanilla with European oak spice – cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
Created by David Stewart, one of the finest blenders in the business, this is a whisky that needs no ostentatious packaging – the artistry is in the bottle. With only 8,500 available worldwide, it is certain to become a collectors’ item. Most were already allocated in advance of the whisky’s release, but if you’re quick you can still snap one up at Hedonism Wines in Mayfair for £250.
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