Ballechin 2003

Overall rating
88.38/100
votes
67
Whiskybase ID
WB139815
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Whisky Exchange 20th Anniversary
Vintage
02.05.2003
Bottled
01.04.2019
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
204
Number of bottles
482
Strength
55.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
50 ppm
Bottle code
L19/223
Barcode
5021944102372
Market
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
01 oct 2019 11:29 pm by Nidan
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 122.79

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67 × member ratings

88 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ballechin 2003

20 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.38 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Just a guess: there would have been more in here. Sometimes it seems too pointed and yet it is quite demanding. All in all a good whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Rarely do I get spices up my nose before anything else. It's like that here with him, and I find chervil, marjoram, tarragon and mint. In my case, the mint is almost always a sign that a wine barrel is involved ... Now grapes and raisins come along, accompanied by dark chocolate, hazelnuts and notes of tobacco. A little smoke comes now, but it looks more herbaceous than peat-based.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Starts pretty strong and with a lot of menthol. Ripe grapes, dried figs and dates, nougat, marzipan and toffee. Sometimes a bit pointed. It dries quickly, and with the drought, tart herbs and spices come out of the nose.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Just under medium length and slightly dry, tart, herbal, spicy.

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  3. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Voluminous sherry with dark fruits combined with tobacco and leather with a charming smoky and peat note. Multifaceted and multi-layered, exactly my prey scheme!
    • Nose
      Dark, dried fruits with a dash of sour cherry juice and slightly smoky hints, wet tobacco leaves with a hint of leather. Earthy peat with subtle mineral smoke, oranges and raisins, herbs and spices, nuances of black tea and spicy wood.
    • Taste
      Resinous, earthy and peaty, mineral smoke with a hint of fly ash, refreshing oranges and mandarins, again tobacco and leather. Sour cherries, a touch of fresh menthol and fresh mint, thirty-something fir and resin, a touch of banished wood, cherries and freshly brewed black tea, hints of dark chocolate and espresso ...
    • Finish
      Smoky, peaty, fruity and refreshing at the same time, the aftertaste shows a peppery spiciness on the tongue, as well as a hint of chilli. Cozy warmth lingers on the palate for a long time, the aftertaste gives the impression that it never fades.

  5. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Quite a stop and also a bit borderline. But also awesome. Nothing is filigree here, but that's what makes it so attractive. Great thing
    • Nose
      88 88
      Oh wow, kickstart. Frankincense, soap, cinnamon, tobacco, ham, plum, tarragon, lime, wet earth, the alcohol is well integrated.

      Water robs the whisky of its strength, I don't like it here because it needs it.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Cold smoke and ashes, tobacco (pipe), sweet, leather, iron, a bit tart, also here incense (church first row), herbs and earth.

      No change with water, it just gets easier.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length, sweet, smoky and mineral.

  6. Bene37 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: full, fruity, flowery; Baked apple with raisins and marzipan, brown sugar, dark grapes, some cinnamon, a clove, a note of perfume, some bacon, tobacco and black tea

    Palate: full and intense; flowery, nutty, marzipan, a baked apple with raisins, dark grapes, cherries, black tea, tar, some milk chocolate, a few dates and figs

    Finish: medium-long and warm, dark grapes, flowery, tar, smoke, ash, a few dates, slightly nutty

    Rating: it's top! full, intense and harmonious, I like it a lot: baked apples, grapes and tar with black tea. it goes down really well for me and offers the best entertainment. It's a shame that it is no longer available, I should have taken it with me back then. Definitely the best ballechin I've ever had by far.

    92/100 or 8/10

  7. LeChiffre scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. whiskyclick scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Amazing dram! It has everything, it's sweet but it's not to sweet, it's peaty (bbq style ) but not too peaty, everythng is very it should be. Alcohol well integrated and finish is looong and so nice.

  9. svenske2015 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    More about heavy sherry releases from Edradour on MALT by Jason: https://malt-review.com/2021/04/11/a-trio-from-edradour-distillery/

  10. lucero scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Volanne scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A dark, jamy, meaty, and chewy Ballechin of the best kind. Quite thrilling, I must say...
    • Nose
      89 89
      Roast hams and black berry jams strike first. "Honey roast ham" crisps. Pyrenean Ewe's cheese (of the very farmy kind), with its black cherry "Itxassou" jam. Melting tar in the street, when sun is getting too hot. This is an experience!
    • Taste
      88 88
      That's a thick one! Getting more herbal and resinous now, with a deep smoky edge. Beef jerky. Like roasting bacon on a fir tree barbecue.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long and fruitier now, but still very deep and thick (overcooked black cherry jam), it leaves you with a slight burnt wood bitterness. Not unpleasant though.

  12. sarthur71 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      smoky with a subtle hint of noble perfume
    • Taste
      88 88
      strong, but the strength is not sharp, but rather soft, pleasant and warm; there is a little more perfumery, plus - an expensive cigar
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, there is even less smoke, and a little more perfumery, as if a drop of expensive perfume fell on an expensive cigar

  13. Ostap scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Whisky concentrate at every stage, starting with color. Though a knife cut like jelly. The feeling that this is not a slice of sherry, but a cocktail of whisky with sherry. This is confusion, wild impressions. A wonderful specimen for tasting.
    • Nose
      Sour peat, sherry, dried fruits, rubber, buckwheat with milk, buckwheat honey, prunes, paints, mineral, sour farm notes (quite traditional for Ballechin), smoked smoke, nightshade notes, toffee, sawdust, plums, dates, earthy, currants , citrus pulp, burnt sugar, dried fruit compote with the addition of wild pear, fragrant smoke in the apiary. This flavor can be cut with a knife!
    • Taste
      Salty, drying oil, varnish, a bunch of sherry, smoke, dried meat, oily chips from seaweed.
    • Finish
      Varnish, sherry, leather, oak, smoke, long, long smoldering on the palate.

  14. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    21 20 21 21 83

    Powerful, in general there is no depth, you can drink and quite interesting, IMHO it's all emotions, sad ...

  15. toklian scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N21 P21 F21 B21

  16. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sherried Ballechin is beginning to earn a well-deserved benchmark status, and this one is certainly one of the most contributing. In theory, this lacks a bit of finesse, but ... it's so pleasurable and bold ! 89+/90-
    • Nose
      Big fat peat-sherry à la Ballechin sherry. Classic in that regard, but even more intense than the average example. Beef jerky turned to eleven, marinated bell peppers, smoked tomato concentrate (make that some kind of artisan arrabiata), burnt peanuts. All that is wrapped by a very coherent and logical touch of sulfur which could *not* be seen as a flaw in this context. I mean, it's inevitable somehow. The animal vs vegetal duality is very interesting, both sides are very intense. Coal, Ardenne's smoked ham, cherries, black bread. All that is very spontaneous, which is a plus in this context.
    • Taste
      Perfect alcohol integration after some bottle aeration. The global texture could maybe feel a bit oilier but I'm nitpicking. As such, it's just a marvelous dry-oloroso peated malt, very meaty in style. So, a lot of venison, beef jerkies again, of course, with burnt nuts, coal, black cherries, salty liquorice (the real chewing stick). The coherency is perfect. A true winter treat.
    • Finish
      Somewhat fresher (for the best !), with unexpected hints of blood orange. Black cherries and salty liquorice are here again, venison, ... But also developing Picon (yeah really, big time, can't seem to figure how I didn't notice sooner), smoked tea, dead leaves, brown beer. There's something very Cabernet Sauvignon or Carmenere if we're talking wine territories, because the vegetal influences (like bell pepper) are quite noticeable throughout.

  17. ezioaudit scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  18. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Color: Rich Mahogany (with apologies to Ron Burgundy)

    Nose: There's a lot going on here. There are the savory elements you often get when combining a big distillate, big peat, and big sherry. Think meaty notes, soy sauce, and coffee. Then there's dried fruit, especially prunes. As for the peat, some of the medicinal nature comes through, along with some furniture polish, but it's not overpowering. It works; it's a huge nose, but the balance speaks louder than any of the individual elements.

    Mouth: Beautiful and flavor-packed from the start with the viscous mouthfeel you want in a dram like this. There's no heat at 55% ABV, which is always a good sign, in my view. The higher you can get it, like this, the more intense the flavor should be; remove the burn from that equation, it allows for some rich experience. That's what you get here. Aside from the usual suspects, and specifically a continuation of the nose, this has an interesting root beer taste. Not something I often find in whisky. Anyway, it's good. (I don't get a big difference from adding water at either the nosing or tasting stage.)

    Finish: You feel the oak a little bit on the finish, but nothing too bad. It sticks around for a while.

    Comments: This is a great whisky to have in your collection for when you or your guests feel like having an intense dram. I always like having a few of these around for such occasions. This Ballechin is a definite winner in that category. I'll add, once more, that TWE is absolutely doing an exemplary job with these 20th anniversary bottlings.

  19. florian09 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Dress: very dark, with orange highlights.

    Nose: we start on hot tar and chimney fire, not cold ashes but a fire that we just lit with pronounced resinous notes. Behind this firmly peated and smoked whole there are pretty red fruits in a sweet / tangy mix of wild strawberries and gooseberries. The alcohol is well integrated and does not attack the nostrils.

    In the mouth: as suggested by the nose, we start on resin of fir, and this resinous / sweet side is accentuated with Garrigue honey. A whisky that can almost be chewed.
    Peat is meaty, meaty, bacon grilled. The fruits are hard to find their way into this smoky and tarry set except in the final where we distinguish dried prune and raisins with brandy. Bitter dark chocolate and hints of leather complete this very dark picture.

    In conclusion, the bottle is just open but already delivers big peaty-sherry. The kind of profile that sends the heavy and that does not leave indifferent but to reserve fans of fat peat, that falls well it's quite my style :)
    A bit like a Port sgioba 2001 with less complexity, certainly, but a lot of fun.

  20. florian09 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Dress: very dark, with orange highlights.

    Nose: we start on hot tar and chimney fire, not cold ashes but a fire that we just lit with pronounced resinous notes. Behind this firmly peated and smoked whole there are pretty red fruits in a sweet / tangy mix of wild strawberries and gooseberries. The alcohol is well integrated and does not attack the nostrils.

    In the mouth: as suggested by the nose, we start on resin of fir, and this resinous / sweet side is accentuated with Garrigue honey. A whisky that can almost be chewed.
    Peat is meaty, meaty, bacon grilled. The fruits are hard to find their way into this smoky and tarry set except in the final where we distinguish dried prune and raisins with brandy. Bitter dark chocolate and hints of leather complete this very dark picture.

    In conclusion, the bottle is just open but already delivers big peaty-sherry. The kind of profile that sends the heavy and that does not leave indifferent but to reserve fans of fat peat, that falls well it's quite my style :)
    A bit like a Port sgioba 2001 with less complexity, certainly, but a lot of fun.

  21. galg33 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose: earthy and dark, full of tobacco leaves cigars, black tea, Lapsang if you will.. Smoky chimneys, sweet sticky black fruit, tar, Sultana and fig jam. Slightly medicinal as well.. That’s one big and bold nose… I’m loving it.

    Palate : dry and spicy earthy goodness on the entry with lots of smoke, soot and tar. More Lapsang tea, cigar leaf, and peat. Quite some wine influence, with big tannic notes as well, prune jam, chocolate and stewed berries, leather and licorice, then getting sooty.

    Finish : earth, soot, tar, wood smoke, spent cigar.

  22. maurisso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    My first time I like an ashtray, normally I go for an hashish ;-)

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