Ballechin 2005 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Stated Age
13 years old
Ex-Burgundy Cask
Number of bottles
56.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Release No. 23
Bottle code
Bottled for
CaskAid, selected by Eric
Added on
25 May 2019 3:34 pm by cranndale
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.00

4 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

36 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2005 SV

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.33 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Stinky Winky

    CaskAid is an npo that selects single casks, bottles them and donates the proceeds to a charity. Drinking whisky for a good cause? What’s not to like? This is already their 23rd release. It’s a Ballechin – peated Edradour (50ppm) – from 2005 that matured on a former Burgundy cask. It’s my 13th Ballechin so far. I’m not a superstitious man, but… Ballechin on a wine cask? I’m curious!

    Well, let me just come out and say it. It stinks! Sulfur and struck matches, rotted plants and unwashed socks make me gasp for breath. Luckily that is followed by some sweet and dark fruit and a nice note of chocolate. Slowly that evolves towards autumn leaves and finally some red fruit. Cherries and strawberries.

    The arrival is suspiciously soft and is has to be said: on the palate, it’s a whole other ballgame. Immediately sweet, spicy and quite interesting. Still somewhat ‘dirty’, but obviously that is part of the charm of Ballechin. Ginger, cloves and even some saffron. Nice smokiness that becomes quite big. Soft tannins, mildly drying. The red fruit is charming, while butterscotch joins to sweeten the deal.

    Very, very long finish in which the red fruit goes head-to-head with the peat.

    Well, I must admit… sometimes a whisky can appear so bad, that it actually becomes good. So do not get me wrong: this one is fun! Thanks, Eric!

  2. Falang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted this one at Saint Mac, Kinrooi (BE). Not bad!

    My first CaskAid bottling. Never heard of this independent bottler and I really like their incentive: bottling whisky and donating a part of the profit to the people / organisations that need help. Great dram. Really really liked it.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Crazy and intense nose. Hints of sulfur, mash, sweets.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Taste is full: starts soft and turns sweet immediately. Hint of pepper. Ginger. Hint of campfire. Oily. Very tasty!
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long finish with red fruit. Hint of sand.

  3. Lcluy scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. Dram The Man scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. rpvdwel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Flavourman scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Nose: delicious bacon.
    The freshly smoked beef with the
    Butcher. The peat, the charcoal on the
    barbecue lures you to the table.

    Taste: dark chocolate, real mokkamour.
    The burnt candy sugar sweet
    Wild woodland pigeon fillet with clove and black pepper. Also some fishermansfriend in the background that tickles in the throat.

    Finish: the meat ribs smothered and lacquered with honey, just that little bit more timed. In short, a very tasty whisky


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