This is the fifth batch in the wonderful legendary Tun 1401 series. Selected from 5 Ameerican oak whisky casks and 4 sherry butts which were transferred to a traditional oak marrying vessel which is cared for by the team of coopers from the distillery. David Stewart said “Working with whiskies of this age is both a delight and a challenge”
A thousand milk chocolate bars unwrapped and melted in a cauldron over an oak fire. Punnets of dried fleshy fruits are then thrown in with cinnamon, nutmeg and tumeric to create a rich malty fug of whisky.
Batch 5 has a mouthfeel silkier than silk, more like velvet than, well… velvet. The chocolate returns but this time with slices of oranges and lemons, then it opens up in a wave of caramel and butterscotch.
The finish is layered like an onion, if each layer was a different citrus fruit/brand of toffee/type of spice. The subtlety of this whisky is in the finish, as it opens up and reveals more and more: fresh fruit, ground coffee, malt, the list goes on and on.