The 9th outturn of The Balvenie’s Tun 1401 bottling (and the 3rd I’ve experienced) is one of its best. Like Batch 3 and Batch 6 before it, Batch 9 is another U.S. exclusive, but will still be available in minuscule quantities, with just 14 casks married to create this batch. The spirit is drawn from 11 traditional casks and three sherry butts which span “a number of decades,” though detailed age information is not available.
The nose offers exotic spices and incense atop a core of figs and raisins. The sherry is strong with this one, too, exhibiting an almost candylike whiff of orange jellies. The body backs all this up, in spades. In addition to all of the above — with sherry the most notable component — you get notes of leather, glazed walnuts, and a hint of tobacco. The dried fruit components complement these more austere notes just perfectly… call it sugar and spice and everything nice.
A / $250 / thebalvenie.com