Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
The Un-Chillfiltered Collection - Cask Strength
Stated Age
16 years old
Sherry Butt after Islay
Number of bottles
58.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Whisky Club Luxembourg and Whisky-Elfen
Added on
27 Oct 2019 9:44 pm by MrMongler
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 129.95

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49 × member ratings

123 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2003 SV

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.74 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    cask of Islay then cask of sherry:
    peat and meaty, grilled meat, and an obvious salty side, seaweed wet by the sea breeze. a little sulfur and crushed almonds with cream.
    heat on the palate, large woody perception, peppery spices, sherry with candied black fruits, the peat is more measured, on the other hand the meaty and meaty scents persist pleasantly in the mouth.
    return more vegetal, spicy-peppery, a little earthy with moist mushroom and cold ash with charcoal.
    spices, cold smoke and on candied orange, the intense animal side remains in the glass.

  2. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    @ Andy : the ex-Islay cask they used was actually a Laphroaig ! Don't ask me how I know :P

  3. Andy scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    the cask that they used was an awesome cask
    could have been from Ardbeg, but also has something from Port Ellen, definitely cool part.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. prz22 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Meaty, sour, dark sherry, very interesting profile!
    Really nice!!
    Especially good level on the nose.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    A meal of a dram! Really savoury and rich, in the most satisfying way. The other Ballechins I’ve had have been quite smoky and savoury and medicinal in their own right, but I think the ex-Islay cask used for this bottling really turns those notes up to 11. I think this could easily pass for Laphroaig, and a particularly intense one at that. The rumor is that the cask used for this whisky came from Laphroaig, so I suppose that checks out.

    Nose: Rich and pungent! Thick, meaty, earthy, medicinal peat smoke. Grilled pork chop, caramelized onions, soy sauce, and seaweed, along with damp forest floor and muddy musty dunnage warehouse. Mixed fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries (the good ones), sticky dates. Buttery sweet notes of toffee, caramel corn, chocolate chip cookies, banana bread, and barley sugar. Black licorice and mild salt.

    Palate: Chewy texture. Sweet-savoury and very smoky on the arrival: more soy sauce, lots of tart fruit (cherries, raisins, blood orange). More peat smoke throughout, with iodine, charcoal, and heavy earth in the middle. It does a bit of an earthy-sweet twist into roasted squash and tobacco. Syrupy fruit notes, like tinned peaches, and some tart raspberry jam towards the finish.

    Finish: Savoury and earthy. Various roast vegetables, maybe an entire beef stew. Cool clayey mud, seaside pine boughs, extra-dark chocolate, chili pepper, amber maple syrup, and ginger beer. A good bit of spearmint.

  6. MrYens scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  7. Tastingbros scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Full review here :
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very well composed, balanced, but intense sherry peat whisky. Minimal sulfur, more of a match, but nice fruit notes, of course sherry, but also lighter ones in the background. In addition wood, salt, peat. The Islay barrel gives this Ballechin a successful maritime touch to the otherwise herbaceous, gentler peat of the Highlander. Great thing.

  9. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Strong. Sherry. OK.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Heavily sherried taste with strong soy sauce. Quite meaty. Like a Mortlach. But with peat. No way we can tell what distillate this is, but I would guess Laphroaig. No joke... If you've tried Lp4, you'll know what I mean. It's relatively cheap, hits you with a bang, and it's not meant to be contemplative in any way. I would buy this for your alcoholic friend for his birthday.

      As an aside, I am not a particularly big fan of meaty, sherried whiskies, but for those who do, this is probably a 90 pointer.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Porterhouse steak. Like a champ.

  10. yggr scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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


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