Ballechin 2005 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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
Scotland Scotland
Added on
26 aug 2018 4:38 pm by Gaija
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 88.34

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27 × member ratings

47 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ballechin 2005 SV

5 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.24 points.

  1. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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 !
    • Nose
      88 88
      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.
    • Taste
      88 88
      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).
    • Finish
      88 88
      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.

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  3. STL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. jmallios scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Gaija scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.


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