By Matt Goldstein & Amy K. Haight
With 103 single malt distilleries in Scotland there are only 5 which are still family owned. Speyside in Scotland has 48 of these distilleries, the highest per capita in the world and the Balvenie has the most diverse and prestigious range if not in all of Speyside, perhaps in all of Scotland. The only distillery with its own cooperage on site, the Balvenie grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings and has its own coopersmith on site. This hand crafted artisan style is unprecedented in single malt scotch production. Now, the Malt Master for over 50 years, Dave Stewart, has hand selected 10 of their best casks to create the Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch #3. Hand pumped from the cask, the ranges in years of the 10 whiskies are from 22 to 44 years. The Balvenie Tun 1401 is a cask strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky at plus 50% ABV.
Tasting Notes of the Tun 1401 Batch #3
Slightly peated, with legs in the glass, and flavors of butterscotch, this smooth and complex whisky has a dry mouth feel and slightly bitter flavor. Smooth, warm complex, dry and sweet, this is simply one of the best single malts in the world period. The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch #3 comes with our absolute highest recommendation possible.