Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3

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The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3 is hot on the heels of the two most explosively popular whisky releases on the planet – Batches 1 & 2.


Whisky connoisseurs are no fools, and so when David Stewart, Malt Master at Balvenie for over 50 years, hand-selected 31 casks for an as-of-yet unrevealed blend, word quickly got out that this was to be the release of the decade from Balvenie. Always striving for a perfectly harmonious marriage of nuanced flavours, Stewart set about developing 31 individual charts and graphs for the aging stocks, assessing each one on its four key criteria of Spiciness, Oakiness, Delicacy and Sweetness.


The resulting blend from this selection was then “married” for 3 months in the legendary Warehouse 24 at Balvenie, birthplace not only of the immensely popular 1509 Batches 1 & 2, but also home to the distillery’s other flagship marrying tun, no. 1401, which wowed critics with its sheer power and viscosity on its unveiling. The collecting market was quick to pick up on it and now individual bottles of the 1401 are being resold at five times their original price.


The 1509 releases have been even more unequivocally successful, with Batch 1 disappearing virtually overnight when it hit the market back in January 2014. Since then its trading price has skyrocketed GBP 400 per bottle despite a somewhat cold-footed score of 89pts from Jim Murray in his Whisky Bible.


When Murray awarded 94pts to the 1509 Batch 2 the market went absolutely wild with bottles already trading at almost double their initial price scarcely a few months after the release of the whisky. The trend at Balvenie promises to continue along the upward quality curve we saw with the 1401 releases, with each Batch more spectacular than the last.


As we look ahead with high hopes to how much hype there will be around this bottling in the next few months, this latest release is beginning to look tantalising at £220 a bottle.


But even when we shut out all the noise that’s being made by the secondary market, the balance and power of the Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3 can only come down to the meticulous cask selection process, and for this we have only one man to thank – David Stewart the Malt Master himself!


Incidentally, and lest we forget this gargantuan effort from Stewart at the culmination of his half-century career at Balvenie, an A4 poster with his graphical visualisation of every component cask of Balvenie Tun 1509 comes included in every tube of whisky sold.

Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 3 Whisky