Overall rating
Single Malt
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate - Cask Strength
Stated Age
12 years old
Sauternes Hogshead
Number of bottles
56.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Jun 2019 9:06 am by bestofwhiskies.com
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 85.75

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29 × member ratings

75 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2006 vW

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.19 points

  1. JHTFlowers scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Very rich, complex but not overly sweet.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The heavy peat is perfectly balanced by the complex sweetness of the Sauternes cask. It's like an epic, glorious battle on your taste buds.
    • Finish
      97 97
      The finish continues the battle with the peat taking over but then as the peat dissipates the Sauternes notes counter attack and linger for what seems like ages. Absolute stunner!

  2. Bart&Claudia scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    First dram out of the bottle, some observations. Sauternes and peat is a winning combination for me, especially in Campbeltown malts, and Bunnahabhain. Edradour's make is one of those whiskies that can require some work before yielding to it.

    This Ballechin has seen some active wood alright. The nose is a bit shy, still waking up, but my wife picked up the peat from across the room and by the judgemental expression on her face I can say it's fairly peaty :)

    Lovely mouthfeel, delicious arrival. Very good balance between sour and sweet, without turning bitter. Not much complexity, but for just 12 years old this is a very mature dram. The finish points to a really good cask. One teaspoon of water brings out the best in it for me, loosening it up just about right.

    Let's see how it develops.

  3. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I think that's good. The only thing I don't like is the light soap in my mouth. I often do that at Edradours. Not so with Ballechins and if so, then rather subtle. It doesn't bother me that much here. A malt that is certainly not subtle. But he does it with conviction and yet never exaggerated.
    • Nose
      A bit of smoked cheese. Grilled steak with a sweet, fruity and smoky barbecue sauce. Rose hip tea with a little sugar candy. Additionally moist earth with leaves. Suggested some mushrooms. There is also a certain cooling note in it. Eucalyptus.
    • Taste
      Quite sweet with a pleasant tingling sensation on the tongue. There is now plenty of rock sugar in the rose hip tea. Pepper bacon. Afterwards a peppery mouthfeel. A little soap. A little blackened burger.
    • Finish
      The spiciness decreases and the mouth becomes pleasantly warm. Nuts with a little salt. Toasted notes. Grilled mushrooms.

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    What an intense, extreme, and delicious experience. Crazy sweet, super-funky, meaty, complex, and fun. It’s like biting into dessert, except with a hot dog on your Danish. It’s got all the savoury-honey Sauternes goodness you could ever want. Maybe the prevalence of that rubber note is a bit much, but it’s all part of the show.

    Nose: Whew, not shy! Sweet, spicy, meaty, and succulent. That hot dogs are out in full force today: Hebrew Nationals topped with spicy mustard and relish. Heavy honey sweetness, with strawberry jam, yellow plums, cherries, dried apricots, vanilla, amber maple syrup, and milk chocolate. Spiced with black licorice, cinnamon, and allspice. Salt, sautéed mushrooms, wet fallen leaves, fragrant woodsmoke, and a hint of tire fire.

    Palate: Thick, oily texture. Heavy and chewy. A blast of salt, honey, and heavy fruit up front, descending into earthy, spicy, salty peat smoke. Plenty of iodine, rubber, soot, musty earth, and black pepper. More hot dogs! Tart bitter honey, pears, salted butter, maple oats, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and black licorice. Lemon zest, nougat, almonds, and crystallized pineapple on the back.

    Finish: Sweet-salty. One of those salted peanut maple Nature Valley bars. More thick, dark honey. Wet earth, dunnage warehouse, and rubber. Lingering salty hot dog (or honey-glazed ham, if you prefer) and mustard. Apples, pears, pineapple, prunes, and overbrewed English Breakfast.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not too grotesque Ballechin, the sauternes is particularly good for it.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Floral. Honey, musty cellar, earth, punch, sneakers and citruses.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet. Honey, citruses, dry wood, sweet peat, salted caramel and orange peel.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, sweet, spicy, oaky.

  7. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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