A third batch of the highly successful Tun 1509 single malt whisky from The Balvenie is due to be released tomorrow (July 1).
Only 8,850 bottles are being released worldwide of Tun 1509 Batch 3 which is a combination of whiskies of differing ages from the distillery’s stocks, selected by malt master David Stewart.
He picked out whiskies from 12 sherry butts distilled between 1989 and 1992, 11 American oak hogsheads distilled in 1989 and eight refill American oak butts distilled in 1992 and 1993.
All 31 were transferred to a single marrying vessel, tun number 1509, where the liquid is kept for several months in the distillery’s Warehouse 24 before bottling.
It has ABV of 52.2% and is non-chillfiltered. Bottled in May, it is available from July 1, with a recommended price in retail of £260. It is expected to be as popular as the previous Tun 1509 Batch 1 and Batch 2.
David said: “We have been overwhelmed by the positive reception and recognition that Batches 1 and 2 of Tun 1509 have received from the industry. We hope this limited release of Batch 3 will be received in a similar fashion as it possesses those familiar Balvenie characteristics that made previous batches so popular.
“Utilising my knowledge of our whisky stocks and the process of marrying the different cask together, we have created a whisky of rich complexity with elegant oaky notes and dried fruits balanced by mellow cinnamon spices and ginger.
“It also has lovely layers of vanilla oak, rich woody spices, dark fruits and a definite sherry character interspersed with elegant honey.”
Each bottle of Tun 1509 Batch 3 comes with in-depth detail on the whisky with visual representations of the flavour profile of each of the 31 constituent casks and the overall character of the resulting single malt.