Balvenie TUN 1401 Batch 3 Review

The TUN 1401 series were a legendary Balvenie line of bottlings that spanned 9 batches. The only batches that were sold in the US were batches 3, 6, and 9 with 9 being the last batch produced in the TUN 1401 series. After shuttering the series, Balvenie built a larger TUN and debuted TUN 1509 which is now on its second batch. The tun is essentially a giant vat where Balvenie can combine many different barrels. Batch 3 is often regarded as the best of the US batches (and is the most expensive of course).

Nose: Powerful trio of sherry, rich/old oak, and honey start off nose. Floral notes come in with pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, mint, and nutmeg. I find this to be much more oak heavy and darker compared to batch 9.

Palate: Very malty up front – a true spice bomb with pepper, mint, cinnamon, and clove continuning. Very oaky on rear palate with cocoa and sherry.

Finish: Sherry intensifies alongside cocoa and oak. Spices continue to dance around on the tongue.

Rating: 94/100 – Fantastic malt – I love both batch 9 and 3, but think I might prefer 9 a bit more just due to its overall brightness. This is more of a spice/oak bomb for me, but very complex.

Value for the money: I think these are over $1,000 now on the secondary by a decent margin, and I don’t think it’s worth that much honestly as it’s competing with some pretty incredible bottles at that price.

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