- Single Malt
- Signatory Vintage (SV)
- Bottling serie
- The Un-Chillfiltered Collection
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- Refill Sherry Hogshead
- Number of bottles
- 61.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- The Whisky Barrel
- Added on
- 26 Aug 2018 4:38 pm by Gaija
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Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2005 SV
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.25 points
- Neat, it's a waste. With quite some water though, it turns very good and quite typically "Ballechin sherry", although more subtle and less archetypal and concentrated than cask #349, which is still the king of this style in my opinion.
To all of you who have but a sample to taste : please, try some water !
Neat, you immediately feel like this is gonna need some water : it's blocked by alcohol and though there is indeed some kind of salted acrid smoke and quite a lot of (weird) fresh omelet, there's not much else. The rest of the review is with water. Now, it delivers : leather and burning logs, soot and meats, there we go. But this one has something more subtle and less bombastic than cask #349 for instance : its meatiness is not that typical mega-smoky beef jerky but rather around lightly-smoked pink ham, and there's an unexpected lemony twist to it as well.
Very nice and quite typical of Ballechin sherry indeed : burning firwood, very nice venison notes (hind, hare), and a smoke that lingers between organic (earth, firwood) and mineral (pure coal). Again, there's a surprise element : some bramble, which gives an unexpected fresh, sweet turn. You don't have to be a peat-freak to enjoy this one, the integration is really nice (one of the reasons why I still believe that these non-Islay peaty sherry are often hidden gems).
Very long and drying on a lot of firwood smoke, peppered coppa, and some flint. Not overly salty or smoky though, there's a balance again.
- This is the 3rd colourful installment of The Whisky Barrel's exclusive Signatory Vintage sherry cask releases, coming after two young Glenlivet :
The Whisky Barrel's tasting notes :
Nose: A sweet nose with honey and dried herbaceous notes. Accompanied by smoky bonfire embers.
Palate: Sweet sherry, rich toffee, orange zest and chewy barley. Blown away by a blast of smoke – a peaty cloud.
Finish: Led by a rolling waft of smoke while a touch of sea salted caramel coming in. Sweet to the end.