I'm not one to pay a lot of money for any whisk(e)y but there are times when I break that rule. Balvenie released their Tun 1401 back in 2010 as a distillery only offering. Batches 3, 6 and the most recent 9 were U.S. releases only.
Color is a rich gold and the viscosity produces nicely spaced legs down the side of the glass. Nosing this whisky exhibits a rich fruit profile with a subtle sherry notes as well.
The entry is classy, sophisticated and captivating.....and I hate using these goofy descriptors but I'm not sure how else to describe a nearly perfect Scotch. Balvenie produces solid whiskies but Tun 1401 is multiple steps above anything else they release. As the whisky hits the palate I taste summer fruits, stone fruits and mild mature oak with a touch of spice all with perfect balance. This whisky is smooth and creamy, has fantastic mouthfeel with a long warming finish. Bravo David Stewart.
I wish I could afford to bunker multiples of each batch but I'm happy to have this one.