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Ballechin 10 Years old

Peated Edradour

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@AlexswedenReview by @Alexsweden

16th Nov 2016

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  • Nose
    17
  • Taste
    18
  • Finish
    17
  • Balance
    16
  • Overall
    68

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Ballechin is Edradour's peated offering. Its quite heavily peated for a highlander and it has only been available for about two years.

Nose

It begins heavily on wood smoke. A somewhat herbal but acrid smoke. A note of White pepper that almost stings the nose a bit. It really needs some time in the glass to mellow. After a while there is some soft vanilla sweetness that is a tad soapy. Mint and maybe an odd lingonberry in there.

Palate

The palate begins peppery with a funky sweet wood smoke. Peat smoke, and some tart maltyness in the background. A bit one-dimensional and unfortunately the flavors don't really come together. The whole is less than it's parts.

Finish

More of that familiar smoke and a soapy sweetness like an artificial sweetener. pipe Tobacco burning too hot and a used up Cherry bubblegum. Its a bit flat or vapid the finish.

This might sound like its a real peat-bomb but it is not. The backbone certainly is the peat smoke but it isn't a very aggressive one at that. It hasn't got that strong Islay smoke. A whisky with flavors that don't really come together.

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11 comments

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

Isn't it quite heavily peated for ANY whisky, not just a highlander? I thought I saw its peating level was in the neighborhood of Islay's south shore.

I recall that Edradour built up to this 10-year-old Ballechin over the course of a few years and a few releases, but their "Work in Progress" releases (to borrow Kilkerran's lingo) were all different cask types. They're mostly supposed to be quite good, but it's a small shame that the cask differences don't really give us a chance to watch the spirit mature in a straight line toward that 10-year milestone.

2 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

Oh, wait: I just answered my own question. Or rather, Pandemonium did in his earlier review: 50 PPM. So yeah, Islay levels of peat.

2 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

You're perfectly correct OlJas. It is peated to about 50 ppm which ofcourse is high but the flavor is not at all as strong as an Islay whisky like Ardbeg. The smoke is dominant but the strength of flavor just isn't there in the same way.

2 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

I actually got this after reading some good reviews of the limited editions.

2 years ago 0

@NAV26
NAV26 commented

I really like the Sauternes Cask matured limited edition. I believe it was the last of the WIP. I had pined for it a bit and then two bottles fell from the sky into a little supermarket here in Conakry. Given the very very limited whisky selection in Guinea it seemed magical; and after enjoying most of the first bottle I picked up the second. There are two bottles of Ballechin 10 at the same store but based upon this review and other fairly average scores, I believe i will pass. For your sake @alexsweden i wish we could have split the cost of the bottle and both had the experience.

2 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

Me too NAV! I hope that you enjoy your other bottle of good Ballechin!

2 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

For what it's worth, my bottle of the port version is very good.

2 years ago 0

@NAV26
NAV26 commented

@oljas, I have a bottle of the port version stocked. I am looking forward to it.

2 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

I had my whisky club over at my house last night, and the Ballechin Port was the only bottle from my personal stash that anyone from the club requested by brought out for general consumption again!

2 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

Maybe that's one to look for then, for Ballechin to redeem itself!

2 years ago 0

@Alexsweden
Alexsweden commented

Perhaps I should revise this review a bit. After quite some time being open this bottle has mellowed out and present a much more appealing flavor profile!

about one year ago 0

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