Ballechin 2004 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Manzanilla Sherry Cask Matured
Stated Age
11 years old
Number of bottles
54.6 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
Vintage Wines
United States United States
Added on
09 mar 2018 8:06 am by aepiner
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 113.60

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8 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Ballechin 2004 SV

4 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.83 points.

  1. ARRANOVERLORD scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Come into this whisky expecting a typical sherried Highland malt, and you will be disappointed. So very strange and complex; very intense with tons of manzanilla cask influence. But also so interesting. Sneak this into an Islay tasting (particularly of Laphroaigs or Ardbegs) - you would fool many. Whiskyfun review: 23118, Serge: 87.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Weird is probably the best way to put it. Lots of 'flor' aromas (Maggi sauce, dough, salinity and almonds): you can tell this was aged in manzanilla. Lots of dry smoke; charcoal and embers; menthol. A little oxidative sweetness: candied walnuts and caramel candies. A little "stinky" - there's this hint of milk that's been left out on the counter for a few hours. Alcohol jumps out at you too. Very intense - I'd add the density of smoke on this whisky reminds one of an Islay malt. Complex.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Campfire embers, toasted almonds, intense salinity, stinky bog water. Machine oil funk. This is Ardbeg-y! Caramel and red apple sweetness assert themselves with time. With a great deal more time, flor aromas re-emerge, mainly Maggi sauce and almonds. Not overly hot for a cask-strength whisky. But this is so very "Islay" on the palate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Very 'flor' influenced: almonds, soy sauce. More dry smoke and charred wood chips. And more still of that 'Ardbegness': machine oil and bog water. Persistent; long warming sensation.

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  3. ARRANOVERLORD scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Very, very, very nice and totally idiosyncratic. Perhaps this is an acquired taste but it is one I enjoy.
    • Nose
      Incredibly pronounced notes of manzanilla sherry. You can still smell the flor notes on this baby. Delicious yeastiness, almonds and dough. Saline. The oxidation comes through too. Walnuts and sweet syrup. Most impressive of all: no oak astringency.

      This was a beautiful cask. Behind its aromas, heavy highland smoke.
    • Taste
      Waxy and warming, by no means hot. Delicious manzanilla: kippers, almonds and yeastiness. Gorgeous distillate. The smoke comes through but with more than a hint of sweetness. No astringency whatsoever.
    • Finish
      Briny, oxidative and long-lasting. Gorgeous.

  4. hazelburnboy scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. casktodrams scored this whisky 71 points Member Senior

    I had high hopes for this dram, and was let down...very let down. It's off balance, and the finish doesn't leave me wanting more. I drank the sample I had, but would I buy a bottle? Nope.
    • Nose
      69 69
      At first, the nose has the typical Ballechin peat, but then a strange musty funk takes over. Smells of rotting wood and wet towels that were never hung to dry — which completely overwhelms the wonderful Ballechin ash and wood smoke.
    • Taste
      75 75
      Thankfully the palate is better the nose. The ashes of charcoal and woodchips comes through a little more. The Manzanilla is much more detectable here. Chamomile, almonds, brine, and straw.
    • Finish
      68 68
      This is where the dram suddenly takes a hard left turn. The finish starts off nicely, and then the mustiness from the nose rears it's ugly head and suddenly you're left feeling like you spent the last half hour chewing the cheapest cigar from the off-license on the corner (and I don't mean one that you're smoking).

  6. Treezzey scored this whisky 68 points Member Senior

    Let me start by saying I like heavily peated whisky. But, this is one of the most unique, yet polarizing whiskies I have ever tasted.

    Most peat fans I shared this with loved it, and I shared nearly all 750mls, it just wasn't to my taste. There was an overwhelming dry smoke note that swamped everything (it even made my dishwasher smell like smoke for days after a washing a load with glasses that previously contained this whisky).

    Then when the smoke was finally easing, the dry, bitter sherry took over. On more than one occasion I could not finish my glass of this. Over time, oxygen softened the profile and the final dram I had was the best, but still far from something I typically look to enjoy.

    If you are feeling lucky and want a unique adventure, look no further.


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