The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky today announced the release of the latest bottling in its collectable Tun 1509 series — Tun 1509 Batch 6.
Following in the footsteps of batches 1-5 of The Balvenie Tun 1509, Batch 6 is a non-chill filtered whisky, bottled at 50.4% ABV.
Batch 6 of Tun 1509 is a combination of 21 casks brought together in the Tun, which is maintained by the distillery’s team of on-site coopers and sits in Warehouse 24. The liquid was left to marry for three months before being bottled at the distillery.
“This rare technique creates the perfect environment for the different casks to ‘knit’ together,” the company says, “allowing each of their composite qualities to mix and create a unique single malt Scotch whisky which is more than the sum of its constituent parts.”
Launching across 16 countries in fall 2019 and selected global travel retailers, The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 6 is comprised of liquid from sherry refill butts, ex-bourbon American Oak barrels and DoubleWood refill sherry butts, which were previously used to finish The Balvenie DoubleWood before being filled with new make and aged.
“Batch 6 is a truly remarkable liquid that showcases gorgeous character and rich depth produced during the marrying process,” says Master Blender David Stewart. “Much like the last Tun 1509 series we released in September of 2018, this expression will have whisky enthusiasts excited. The liquid presents a beautiful depth on the palette with a touch of maple syrup, candied orange and runny honey. It is delightfully rich on the nose with soft brown sugar, toffee, blossom honey and ginger oak spices, and presents a sweet and malty finish featuring swathes of oak vanilla alongside a spicy layer.”
Every bottle of Tun 1509 Batch 6 comes with a breakdown chart showing in-depth detail on the whisky, with visual representations of the flavor profile of each of the 21 casks and the overall character of the resulting single malt.
Batch 6 of Tun 1509 will be available from October 2019 onwards at a suggested retail price of $399.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
On the nose is soft brown sugar, toffee, blossom honey and ginger oak spices, the company reports, followed by a palate with a touch of maple syrup, candied orange and runny honey. The finish is sweet and malty alongside oak vanilla and a spicy layer.