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New batch of The Balvenie Tun 1401 released

The eighth batch of Balvenie Tun 1401 will be launched at The Balvenie Whisky Fête in London this week (13-15 June).

The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 is a ‘one off’ single malt married from 12 casks of the distillery’s aged spirit, selected by William Grant & Sons' malt master, David Stewart, from three European Oak sherry butts and nine American Oak whisky casks.

The expression acquires its name from the traditional oak-marrying vessel in which the whisky spends several months. A process that allows the constituent parts that have aged from across decades to come together and create an exceptionally complex single malt Scotch whisky.

The release of The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 follows the award-winning success of one of its predecessors – Batch 5, which was recognised as the Speyside Single Malt of the Year in the Whisky Advocate Awards earlier in the year.  Batch 3 also won a Double Gold Medal at the 2012 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The Balvenie Whisky Fête, a bespoke event designed for whisky enthusiasts and lovers of craftsmanship, will offer the perfect opportunity for the brand to showcase this new release.
Saville Row tailors, Gieves and Hawkes and fine English watchmakers, Schofield will be present at the event and will participate in ‘Meet the Maker’ talks - a series of entertaining and informative sessions lasting around two hours combining whisky and craftsmanship.  The fête will feature striking structures made from whisky barrels from The Balvenie distillery and a handmade Bothy (a Gaelic shelter) from where consumers can buy whisky and take part in tutored tastings and demonstrations.  

Hand bottled at The Balvenie distillery in Speyside, The Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 8 has an ABV of 50.2% and will be available from UK distributor First Drinks at an RRP of £200.

10 June 2013 - Felicity Murray