Ballechin 2007 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The war of the Peat
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
59.3 % Vol.
700 ml
The War of Peat I/XIII
Bottled for
whic.de Exclusive
de Germany
Added on
01 Oct 2019 12:31 pm by old-smokey
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 84.90

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Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2007 SV

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.17 points

  1. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Significant peat smoke flows out of the glass. This is accompanied by a pleasant sweetness in the nose. The sherry keg hides slightly behind the smoke, but becomes more and more clear over time and brings dark dried fruit with it. There are mainly a few raisins, but also smoked bacon. Undiluted, the alcohol is quite present, which is why I add a few drops of water. The nose benefits enormously from the water, and now lets your mouth water. There are more fruits now in the direction of ripe blackberries and red gooseberries. In addition, an even more intense sweetness that reminds of cotton candy. The smoke continues to fade into the background.

    Taste: On the tongue, the almost 60% Vol. Also attack directly. Very intense is the peat smoke in the foreground. Nevertheless, the barrel also gets its space. The sweetness takes a back seat and makes room for more bitter notes of dark chocolate and a few hazelnuts. Without water, the malt is a bit too much for me. With water, the fruitiness is a little more on the palate. I find raisins and the already mentioned red gooseberry. Overall, rather harsh, which I really like.

    Finish: Medium. Dark chocolate, ginger, grapefruit peel, some oak and long-lasting peat smoke.

    Conclusion: Overall, this Ballechin is a very successful malt, which was not killed by the barrel. Without water, the Ballechin works a bit too hard for me. However, if you play with water and dilute the malt, the result is great. Complex, balanced and simply delicious. I am curious what to expect, because that was only the first of 13 whiskys from the "The War of the Peat" series.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Due to the serial name I would have liked something more "peat" and a little less wood fire.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Spicy smoke that remotely reminds of a fire with juniper and pine branches - less like a peat fire. Smoked ham, salt. Dried figs. Some furniture polish.
    • Taste
      86 86
      As expected (undiluted) strong onset with sweet smoke, liquorice sticks, violet pastilles. Thickened forest and blackberries. Heavy sweetness that can hold its own against the smoke. Dryness quickly spreads in the mouth. Ricola herbal sweet. Menthol, the aroma of black cherries. Caramelized sugar, acacia honey.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still medium-length finish, dry. Cherry aroma and herbs, "kräutriger smoke", old coffee grounds.

  3. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83


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