Walked into my local Liquor Barn and saw this. Another SB'er had made me aware of the Tun series, so, although I couldn't find any quick info on Batch 9 on the www, I took a chance and grabbed it.
I'm a long time Balvenie fan--mainly DoubleWood and PortWood. Guess I should think about the DoubleWood 17 yr old, too.
Now that I'm home, I check Balvenie's website and see this is a brand new release (October) for the US only. My lucky day!!
from the news post:
“We’ve identified what we believe to be an unprecedented range of liquids to comprise this Tun 1401 batch from the vast library of very rare whisky currently maturing at The Balvenie Distillery,” said David Stewart, our Malt Master of over 50 years. “The end result is a complex and completely unique marriage characterized by dark fruits and marmalade on the nose. Its richness and smoothness is underpinned with dark chocolate sweetness, delicate honey notes and a distinctly long, spicy finish.”
here's a link to the whole thing: http://us.thebalvenie.com/news/annou...n-1401-batch-9
somehow these tasting notes (from Wine Enthusiast) on the Balvenie 30 yr old ($800) don't make me want to go out and grab a bottle
"Bouquet offers hints of mead, almonds, pencil eraser, coffee grounds, pork and old leather. Palate entry is intensely resiny, smoldering warm and waxy;...