The Balvenie Distillery Kicks Out Batch 4 Of Its Tun 1509 Whisky

The Balvenie distillery, among its large portfolio of core expressions, regularly releases highly sought after batches of its Tun whiskies. So called for a range of its casks that are chosen for blending inside a tun, or marrying vessel where the whiskies rest for several months before bottling, the Scotch is most currently on Tun 1509, Batch 4.

The Balvenie Tun 1509, Batch 4, according to those behind it, follows on the heels of Batch 2 and Batch 3, both of which we reviewed mostly favorably earlier this year. As for Batch 4, it was pulled together by Malt Master David Stewart from 23 traditional whisky casks and sherry butts before being left to marry in the tun for several months.

The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 4

“Stock management is a unique and enjoyable part of my job as Malt Master and Tun 1509 Batch 4 is a perfect example of how marrying together various individual casks can create an expression of real quality,” said Stewart in a prepared statement. “Using both traditional casks and Sherry butts, we’ve been able to craft a complex and rich expression of The Balvenie – combining malty sweet vanilla and honeycomb on the nose, followed by concentrated honey, rich dried fruits and cinnamon and ginger spiciness. I’ve been delighted by the response of the whisky community to previous batches and I’m sure Batch 4 will be as highly regarded.”

Plans call for this non-chill filtered, 51.7% ABV expression to be available starting this month for around $400. You’ll find some official tasting notes below for your consideration from The Balvenie.

  • Nose: Rich and malty, sweet toffee vanilla fudge. Layers of honeycomb and citrus notes ending in some mild oak spices.
  • Taste: Very syrupy with luscious malty notes and concentrated honey. The initial sweetness gradually develops into deeper richer oak with some dried fruits and a cinnamon and ginger spiciness.
  • Finish: Luxurious and honeyed with delicate spices and oak.
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As the founder of The Whiskey Wash, I'm crazy about whiskey, I can tell you, and I aim to share this passion with you through this site. As for my professional background, I’m a writer and journalist by trade and an Internet dot-com veteran prior to that. My most recent venture prior to this was as the founder and editor-in-chief of EarthTechling, a leading consumer focused green technology news website. I also have an extensive collection of whiskies from both start up distilleries and centuries old operations in Scotland alike, sprinkled with some other odds and ends from around the world, that have provided me with a unique picture of what’s going on with this wonderful spirit.