Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 5, 52.6%

Price: $400 Issue: Fall 2018 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

A mix of 29 bourbon and sherry casks that were mingled for 3 months in Balvenie's bespoke marrying vessel, the Tun. Fragrant oriental spices on the nose: ginger, cinnamon, fresh orange juice, and brittle toffee. Full and smooth on the palate, with sweet sherry and spicy Jaffa orange. Long in the finish, with dark chocolate, oak tannins, raisins, and licorice at the close.