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Ballechin Port Cask Matured

Sweet suprise

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PReview by @Peatpete

28th Apr 2011


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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This is my first review, so please excuse any short fallings! I do not have a good sense of smell, so I only tend to pick up the bolder notes in whiskies... because I do not mention deep complexities, please do not assume they are not there!

Nose: Sweet, floral, freshly mown grass. Whilst the peat is there, it is not nearly as over powering as you would expect from a dram that has this kind of phenloic content (not less than 50ppm)At first I did not realy detect any port notes in the nose, but given more time in the glass a light port note started to come out.

Taste: Starting off sweet, fruity, with the port taste well in evidence. The sweetness on the front of the tongue dies off to realy let the port come through, and then the peat starts to make an appearance, and just keeps on building. Starting as just a faint note, the peat builds untill the taste is of a genuine peat whisky, with the port and fruits hanging out in the background playing supporting roles.

Finish: Peat and smoke, with a hint of campfire ashes. As the peat starts to die back, the port notes come back to the fore briefly, but it is the peat that lingers longest. The finish is decent, but does not hang around for as long as it tends to for a lot of drams that are this heavily peated.

Overall: Something different to anything that I had tried before, beatuful to drink, and stunning for how well it transitions between its two main, and very different, notes. A whisky that I will not only enjoy myself, but will be excited to share with friends.

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Youngupstart commented

Very nice review.

After trying this whisky I was quite suprised. I'm glad I got around to it. Hope to see what you have to think about your Laphroaig 18.

10 years ago 0

Max commented

Excellent dram! Enjoyed every drop of it! Indeed, different from what I've tried before. The nose is magnificent and the taste kept rolling on the palate from peat to smoke to fruits and then back and so on)

9 years ago 0

PeatyZealot commented

Sounds great and now I want it...

8 years ago 0

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