My favourite Tun 1401
Well, it all comes down to personal taste.
Batch 5 won loads of awards and in my opinion very deservedly. I have had the pleasure of sharing two bottles of this with friends and have another two held back for the future.
However, to be absolutely honest, batch 2, which has regularly **** for quite low prices I have seriously enjoyed. I find it very similar to batch 5 but more so... more flavour, more complexity, more of a delicious and longer lingering after taste and yet it is just as smooth and soft on the tongue.
Batch 4 is a good drink but has perhaps a slightly sweeter and less complex flavour.
Batch 3 I actually don't think I have tried yet although I have a couple in storage.
Batch 6 was probably my second favourite after batch 2, but is more in the style of batch 4 I believe. Although it could have been that I was enjoying it with a few friends who had never tried Tun 1401 and they were blown away and I was swept up by their enthusiasm and it was a great night. We also drank a bottle of 37 year old Karuizawa and a 110 Hazelwood (the hazelwood was spectacular... It reminded me of a good macallan, although most macallans I find to be cheap and nasty tasting). The night cost me a fortune but was worth every penny.
Batch 7 - I have yet to crack open, but I have one bottle of it waiting to open. I only got them recently and have too many other open bottles to justify it as yet.
Batch 1 - I only have one bottle of and it is too valuable to drink... :-(
Bang for buck, unless the price has started to soar, batch 2 would be my recommendation. Although advising that on here might mean I do myself out of getting a few more.