The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch #8 is here and we’re screaming.
It was 1892 in Dufftown, Speyside, the picturesque hometown of the famous William Grant of William Grant & Sons when Grant built the Balvenie Distillery. Only a year later, the first Whisky distillation took place. Still standing at the same place in the Scottish Highlands today, not much has changed. (Ah, don’t you just love it when good things stay the same.) The Balvenie is still one of a handful of distilleries in Scotland to grow its own barley, use traditional floor maltings and even keep a team of coopers on-site to take care of their copper stills. The duck pond, the pagoda, and Warehouse 24 holding Balvenie’s rarest and most precious treasures are also still very much around. And last but not least, Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE, one of the industry’s most experienced experts who joined Balvenie in 1962 at 17, is still overseeing the production of the most hand-crafted of Single Malts.
For the famous Tun range, launched in 2010, David C. Stewart selects his favorite rare casks from the oldest warehouses and marries them in a tun. For Batch 8 of the prestigious Tun 1509 bottling, Stewart took 18 casks — 4 ex-Bourbon barrels, 6 second-fill Sherry butts, 5 refill puncheons, and 3 first-fill Sherry butts. He expertly married this Brady bunch in a tun where the casks spent 3 months. But that’s not important for you, no, what you need to know is the harmony of rich toffee, creamy vanilla, toasted oak, honey, ginger, and cinnamon will knock off your socks.