Ballechin 2005

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
SFTC - Bordeaux Cask Matured
Stated Age
11 years old
Bordeaux Cask
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
05 jul 2019 1:20 pm by Lechside
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89.50

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Whisky reviews for Ballechin 2005

4 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.67 points.

  1. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Mellow and restrained— at least for a Ballechin— the wine cask paired nicely with the heavily peated malt to accentuate notes of earth and chocolate. Based on previous experience, I expected something that would smack me in the face and run roughshod over my taste buds; an aggressive bear hug of peat and meat. While the nose was a bit hot a first and loaded with earth, meat and fruit, the palate was balanced and easy to drink. I know “smooth” as a descriptor gets some eye rolls, but this was remarkably smooth with no off notes or spirited spikes to distract from a coherent profile of chocolate and fruit.

    Mental Image: Cooking by Flambé 101
    • Nose
      The vapors! Earth, fruit, and fire battled in the air before me. Initially, I thought of caramel apples, and fig tarts set aflame with bittersweet treacle and burned cherries jubilee until a rich earthiness slid in with notes of modeling clay, loam, and oil paints. Meatier notes arrived with ham skin, bacon, and peppermint hot chocolate mix.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied and viscous with fruit, earth, and chocolate. Supple and juicy as notes of strawberries, mint, and balsamic vinegar hit the palate. A lovely richness developed on the mid-palate as chocolate and berries joined hints of licorice, baked adobe bricks, and modeling clay. Epson salts and pool chemicals added complexity while the chocolate malt and coffee lingered to the end.
    • Finish
      Lingering chocolate and a dry earthiness.

  2. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Especially the nose is a baconfeast, very nice. In taste a little less exciting, but still a very good dram. Red fruits, smoke. Great.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Peat,smoke, red fruits, and then a complete bacon bomb, really makes me hungry. Some farmy character as well, hay, cow stable. But the bacon...
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite powerful, more on the red fruits now, plums, berries, ripe fruits, some peat and even some sugar sweetness.
    • Finish
      88 88
      More smooth now, peat, wood smoke, ash, roasted meat, plums. Pretty long finish. Spicy, some pleasant touches of rubber.

  3. MaroFF scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Super whisky !!!!!
    Were it not for the fact that it is not my (I hope) whisky, which is the last one in my life, I would write that it is the best whisky I have ever found !!!
    The first time I drank it on vacation in the form of a small dram, recommended to me by Mr. Kamil, a bartender and at the same time the Whisky Ambassador from the House of Whisky in Jastrzębia Góra. He told me it was one of his favorite items. I bought it then and waited for an opportunity to open it and taste it. Back then, on vacation, it was good, but amazing.
    Today is the day when I can certainly write about it like this.
    Beautiful color, with a strong red tinge. The rest, ie the aroma, taste, finish, is a "fairy tale" and pure essence of a storm of aromatic and taste sensations. This is it!
    Whisky only as a drink for very special occasions and for special guests !!!
    • Nose
      92 92
      slightly tart, penetrating, red berries, peat, a lot of smoke, earthy
    • Taste
      93 93
      very sweet, delicate, very fruity, boiled apples, dried Christmas compote, blueberries, peat
    • Finish
      93 93
      long, sweet, pleasant, oily, a lot of smoke, peat with a sweet ending, wine with a berry aftertaste

  4. neus007 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  5. neus007 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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


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