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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.
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.
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.
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.