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Balvenie 'Tun 1401 Batch #5'

(50.1%, OB, NAS, 2012)
Average Score: 89
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameBalvenie
Bottling NameTun 1401 Batch #5
Alcohol By Volume50.1%
Average Score89

Maniac Ratings
Robert Karlsson92
Konstantin Grigoriadis86
Ho-cheng Yao90
Krishna Nukala89
Pit Krause92
Rich Howard90
David Wankel88
Keith Wood91
Oliver Klimek85
Benjamin Chen85

Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonLovely sweet complex exotic fruits mixed in with lively (mint?) and darker spices (cloves). Quite beatiful nose indeed. Taste in balance, dry special dark spicy style. Cloves, coffee, quite yummy. But where did the exotic fruits go? Still pretty awesome.
Keith WoodGlass: Classic Malt - Colour: Dark golden brown - Nose: Aromatic wood and vanilla, then (English) Christmas cake mixture before baking. There's so much happening here but I'm struggling to keep up with it all, I love it. - Palate: Rich dark fruitiness and red wine-iness? Lots of sherry presence, rich and creamy mouth-feel, once again so much happening with this. It's magnificent but even with the heavier flavours it is still incredibly delicate. - Finish: Very long and only slowly and gently fading. - Overall Impression: A true synergy here where the result is possibly much greater than the sum of components? It has so many facets but yet delightfully harmonious. Did I say "Great"? I did now.
Oliver KlimekColour: Dark amber - Nose: Prunes, raisins, toffee, polished wood, hints of soy sauce and nutmeg. - Palate: Sweet raisins, dried figs, baba au rhum, caramel, toasted nuts, mixed gentle oriental spices. - Finish: Rather long, fruity and slightly spicy. - Overall: A very enjoyable whisky with many interesting flavours to explore, one the finish could be a bit longer.