Balvenie was created by William Grant, who built the distillery in 1892 after the success of his earlier distillery at Glenfiddich. At first Balvenie provided whisky for Grant’s blends but in 1973 it was thought that a single malt might prove popular. And so the single malt from Balvenie was born and today it is a very popular dram. Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch #2 is the second release from Tun 1401. It is a marriage of 7 bourbon casks and 3 sherry butts from Balvenie’s extensive warehouse that were combined in Tun 1401, the traditional oak vessel for marrying malts. Tun 1401 was replaced in 2013 by Tun 1509 so this is now a very sought after drop. The nose is rich with polished oak, honey, orange, pineapple and raisins. The palate has a nice spicy quality with apricot, oak, vanilla and dark chocolate. The finish is long with more chocolate orange and a sprinkle of warm spices.