A Balvenie Brace - Balvenie Tun 1858 Batch 2 and 3
It's been a while, but hey, better late than never! So it's already April, so let's kick it off with a good little duo that has been sitting around my sample cupboard for a while. These two beauties were opened at Whisky Live 2014 for the Collectors' Bar, courtesy of the good people at William Grant and Sons. Now if you love Balvenie, you would know of the story of the Tun 1401. It was an experiment by the legendary David Stewart, Malt Master of Balvenie. He married a bunch of great whiskies, some old, some old-ish, into a marrying tun (Tun 1401), basically a big wooden vat, to see how the flavours married and from this spawned a series of very successful Tun 1401 releases since 2010. From this spawned, in a rather hush hush manner, a Taiwanese exclusive, the Tun 1858. Same concept, different marrying tun. These two are the 2nd and 3rd batches of the Tun 1858. From what I understand, these too were also bottled exclusively for Taiwan. Lucky buggers.