The Balvenie Releases New, $250-a-Bottle Scotch

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Scotch is known to be a gentleman's drink -- it has to be if good old Ron Burgundy has a sweet spot for it -- and gentlemen don't drink cheap booze from plastic bottles, unless, of course, it's really late and nobody is looking.

When it comes to Scotch, there are millions of options, ranging from the bottom of the barrel to bottles that price out in the tens of thousands.

Bringing yet another liquid-gold option, the Balvenie announced its newest special-release single malt, Tun 1401, Batch 9, for the bargain-basement price of $250 a bottle.

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Being released only in the United States market, Tun 1401, Batch 9 is the antecedent to the wildly popular "Batch 3," sold in 2011 and "Batch 6," made available in 2012, both of which were the only Tun 1401 drinks to be distributed in the U.S.

You're probably wondering what makes this Scotch so special.

Aside from the fact it's been produced by the longest-serving malt master in the Scotch industry, David Stewart, it's been made in one of the oldest storage facilities in the Balvenie distillery, Warehouse 24. Eleven whiskey casks and three sherry barrels, with varying ages spanning decades, were hand-picked by Stewart to create the liquid, which was rested in one of the distillery's marrying vessels Tun 1401 -- hence the title -- to create the special-release Scotch.

Stewart's first batch of Tun 1401 was released in 2010 but was sold only at the Balvenie's Speyside Distillery.

"We've identified what we believe to be an unprecedented range of liquids to comprise this Tun 1401 batch from the vast library of very rare whisky currently maturing at the Balvenie Distillery," said Stewart. "The end result is a complex and completely unique marriage characterized by dark fruits and marmalade on the nose. Its richness and smoothness is underpinned with dark chocolate sweetness, delicate honey notes, and a distinctly long, spicy finish."

FYI: In the Scotch world, smooth sweet flavors and a long finish are good.

For more information, visit us.thebalvenie.com.

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