Ballechin is produced at Edradour distillery which is a very small distillery based in the highlands. I have reviewed the Edradour 10 year old and will be reviewing the 12 year old next. The Ballechin is the peated version of the Edradour. A lot of distilleries are now doing this where they are creating peated or unpeated versions of their signature bottle. This one is quite new as it was released in 2014. Since then they have released a number of different versions of this with different cask finishes. The Edradour was quite a challenging and the distillery has been known to struggle with consistency. This should be interesting.
Whisky: Ballechin 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%
Nose: Floral, hint of TCP, cinnamon bun, fragrant soap, dried fruit, malt
Taste: Spicy chilli pepper, black tea, caramel, raisins, toasted almonds, dark chocolate
Finish: Toasted oak, dark chocolate, dry
Summary: There is lots on the nose to this one. It is very fragrant and fresh on the nose but then austere on the taste with dark notes and a drying finish. Dark chocolate comes to fore and dominates the taste for me along with some earthiness and oak. There is something missing from this, it doesn’t quite stand out. The smoke disappear too at the end, which is unusual as I tend to find that smoke is the thing that lingers on the longest with peated single malts. It is not as interesting as the Edradour 10, which had buckets of character along with its flaws – which I think gave it character. I can’t help but compare this to Ledaig 10 which is an awesome peated single malt.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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