Unveiled at The Balvenie Whisky Fête in London’s Tavistock Square earlier this month, Batch 8 was created by Stewart, who selected three sherry butts and nine traditional whisky casks from the distillery’s Warehouse 24.
On the nose, it has hints of spices, brown sugar and vanilla balanced with oak tannins. Its fruity taste has the spiciness of cinnamon and ginger, underpinned by maple syrup, vanilla and citrus notes.
The Balvenie Tun 1401 acquires its name from the traditional oak marrying vessel that the whisky is poured into and where it is left for several months. This process allows the constituent parts that have aged from across decades to come together and create a complex single malt Scotch whisky.
Hand-bottled at The Balvenie distillery in Speyside, The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 has an ABV of 50.2% and is available to the on-trade from First Drinks.
The drink has an RRP of £200.
Why you should buy it:
Jonathan Cornthwaite, brand manager for The Balvenie at First Drinks, said: “The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 is a fine expression of the artistry employed by malt master, David Stewart and the traditional techniques used at the distillery to make high class single malt Scotch whisky.”
Saville Row tailors Gieves and Hawkes and watchmakers Schofield were both present at The Balvenie Whisky Fête and participated in ‘Meet the Maker’ talks - a series of entertaining and informative sessions lasting around two hours, combining whisky and craftsmanship.