Ballechin 2003 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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
lu Luxembourg
Added on
27 Oct 2019 9:44 pm by MrMongler
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 179.95

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Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2003 SV

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.88 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. 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

  3. g00se scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Yes awesome part! Ingenious combination and you can taste the barrel from the outside.
    Laphi meets Ballechin equals smoke explosion
    • Nose
      92 92
      grilled dates wrapped in bacon, pickled plums, smoked ham, fat cold smoke, iodine, liquid chocolate, forest honey,
    • Taste
      89 89
      fat oily start, then it gets dry and smoky
    • Finish
      91 91
      Jap, dasn Laphroaig

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Gaija scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    [Quick festival note] In the purest tradition of Ballechin sherry. A profile that is still totally slept on, in my opinion. Big meat, big charcoal, big cooked dark fruits : it works so well. Similar to 2005's for the Whisky Barrel but maybe a bit better. 88-89
    • Nose
      88 88
      Classic Ballechin sherry. Enormous notes of black Ardenne's ham, burning firwood, wet horses, charcoal. So animal and so idiosyncratic. Tomato concentrate and burnt oregano. A splash of lemon to bring some freshness.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Extremely good again, very animal, huge notes of dark smoked ham again, beef jerky, huge charcoal influence. Cooked dates.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, on similar territories.

  7. Menko scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Without water, it's like drinking iodine from a burning car tire. Medicinal almost.
    It definitely needs water to open up. Then the magic happens.
    Lots of peat, salt/seaweed, oily thick, barbecue grill, peper, grapes, rubber.
    The rumour must be true; definitely a Laphroaig cask.
    I'm struggling which one I like better. This (more outspoken) Laphroig cask or the (more introvert) Ballechin XPTMXCIH refill hogshead Caol ila.
    Both very enjoyable!

  8. lucero scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. prz22 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. MrYens scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior


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