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

€ 109.95

31 × in wishlist

28 × member ratings

95 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2003 SV

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.88 points

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. yggr scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

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

  5. 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

  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.


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