Overall rating
Single Malt
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate - Cask Strength
Stated Age
11 years old
2nd Fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
59.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 18 / 523
Added on
12 Dec 2018 12:14 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 79.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2007 vW

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.04 points

  1. DB1965 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    In general I am never such a fan of peated whiskys from the highlands or the Speyside. This Ballechin in a very big exception. What a creation!
    • Nose
      90 90
      A nicely balanced nose. The alcohol is nicely bound and the sherry does not dominate at all. A spicy and sweet nose.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is also very balanced. Sweet, slightly spicy, chocolate and salmiak. The sherry is subtly present.
    • Finish
      91 91
      A very long finish. Sweet and spicy, slightly smoky. A candy

  2. the_muskox scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    This was definitely one of the supremely wacky bottlings that Ballechin is sort of (in)famous for. What an out-there dram. Pretty good though! It’s not too far off from Laphroaig Triple Wood, actually. The Laphroaig has a better texture and a longer finish I’d say, but it’s really not far off. Similar meaty notes, medicinal peat, ash, richness, etc. If you’re a fan of that bottling (or Hebrew National), you’ll enjoy this. As a fan of both, I certainly did.

    Nose: My first thought was kosher hot dog. Very meaty, salty, peppery, and medicinal smoke. Hoisin sauce, and maybe some chicken broth as well. Tart apples, raisins, honey and cereals. Some cinnamon and cumin spice going on, too. A bit of a weird fragrant potpourri note in there.
    A few drops of water kept things meaty but added some cola and chocolate.

    Palate: Medium-light texture. Peppery, medicinal smoke, and more hot dog! Baking spices, black pepper, and oak in the middle, along with tobacco smoke. Some tart and slightly tannic sherry notes, along with apple and lemon, black tea.
    Water added some tobacco, earth, and ash, as well as more salt and seaweed. Some more tannins in the middle, as well as a dark malty almost stout-like flavour.

    Finish: Medium-short. Medicinal and a bit bitter. More black tea with honey and lemon. Cinnamon and clove, along with blackberry and nutty sherry. Lingering salt.
    Water added cola and citrus, as well as Tootsie Rolls, cereals, mint, and seaweed.

  3. Mapl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Some days I love this barrel but some days I put the bottle all the way back in the corner. An interesting and definitely not boring barrel.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The color of the whisky can be called copper. Overall, the malt is smoky, cinnamon and reminiscent of dark fruits. The pitlochry distillate comes into its own, especially in the finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
      At first it comes across as very smoky, but there is no distinction between campfires or medicine. The racuh is accompanied by a flavor.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the taste, the smoke aroma indicates campfires. Besides, the malt is nutty and you can see marzipan. It is very intense but not very complex.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The best thing about painting is the finish. In addition to marzipan, smoke and dark fruits, it concludes with cinnamon flavors.

  5. rottendon scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The combination of flavors is at least unusual and has a repulsive effect in the meantime. He looks very restless, it definitely is not my case, because in the meantime these missing notes keep flashing, and not just in the nose.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    Like almost 60%, he really didn't feel. I am not revising my first rating (76-78-85) now that the other glass has given a much better overall impression, not that I understand that. Somehow, the rather idiosyncratic New Make comes into effect in Eisch.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A very strange nose right after pouring it out. Mixed pickles meet vegetables, plus smoke towards the cowshed, freshly baked crusty bread and other roasted flavors behind it, after about a minute of sherry wort and dark fruit for the first time. The initial density flattens off extremely. Now he gets a break. After a few minutes, the barrel seems to have completely taken over, burnt cane sugar and strong spicy aromas paired with farm notes, movement brings about a mustiness that is difficult to describe, reminiscent of spoiled vegetables and Harzer cheese. The alcohol teases something. It warms up even more, first Havana cigar smoke, then extreme cowshed again, then suddenly it becomes pleasantly resinous and sweet, burnt caramel and butter, very full.
      In a counter test with another glass (Glencairn, previously Eisch Jeunesse Sensis Plus), it looks much more harmonious, the oblique notes seem to be erased. The cowshed is still there, but now there is also a campfire, but all the vegetables and the Harz roller have been blown away.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very oily and dense, the vegetables and farm notes also set the tone here, together with sweetened espresso, the alcohol comes late but vigorously, menthol to the rear. Here, too, the vegetables are missing with the Glencairn, or are only present in traces.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is quite long, it warms up significantly, initially sweetness and menthol dominate before barrel acid, tannins and ash take over the field.

  6. HW74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. drummer & timmer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Sherry, oak, pine resin, balsamic vinegar. Then leather, smoked ham, tobacco. Iodine, (Laphroaigish).
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong working sherry keg. Raisins, plums. Hague hops (sweets with mocha flavor). Crisp bitterness.
      Oak, glue, cardboard, maggi, pepper
    • Finish
      87 87
      Spicy bitterness.
      Oak and cedar wood.
      Medium finish.

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    21 20 21 20 82

    Vagueness in the nose accurately helps, but testing only with water, without it could not

  10. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior


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