Ballechin 2010 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Edition #10
Stated Age
10 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butts + First Fill Bourbon Ba
188, 191, 319, 321
Number of bottles
48.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Kirsch Import
Added on
14 Jan 2021 3:16 pm by Malzbrenner

Average value

€ 63.37

23 × in wishlist

57 × member ratings

174 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2010 SV

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.28 points

  1. glen efze scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The smoke is immediately present in the aroma. But it's not stinky, smoldering smoke, but wood smoke and a campfire. This is followed by chocolaty sherry flavors and vanilla from the bourbon barrels. Well balanced and combined. Some herbs and fruit compote with a hint of cinnamon and clove.
    The alcohol comes out more clearly on the tongue than in the aroma, plus smoke and some pickled fruit. The smoke dominates, but the taste is not ostensibly phenolic or medicinal. Then comes the wood in the aftertaste. The alcohol remains present even with a little water.
    A nice strong whisky for smoking fans.

  2. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Starts strong with a really great nose and then unfortunately goes limp at the back.
    At first I thought: mandatory purchase for 60-65 €. Only limited now. If the finish is not so important to you, but has a lot of fun smelling, I recommend the drops.
    • Nose
      87 87
      At first very organic peat, then very quickly afterwards sweet and heavy aromas. The sweetness towards marshmallow, a little candied apple. Also some acidity, citrus. Later also something nutty. I feel a little like at the fair between the sausages on the charcoal grill and the candy stand with candy floss and roasted almonds.
      In the second dram, the sherry influence becomes even more intense, as the smoke tones are barely noticeable. Blackberry and sultana. And if you don't misinterpret it, a "Mü" sulfur.
      The nose is well balanced. Quite complex and surprising for the price range.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The first fill barrels give a very spicy start, which can easily compete with the now ashy peatiness. Spice, smoke and a little sweetness are the dominant aromas. Surprisingly little dryness for 1st fill kegs. Well adjusted with around 48%. If it had been diluted further, it would have become too weak.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Unfortunately, it fades away very quickly, mainly due to the ashiness. A touch of spice still. A little black tea with lemon. Plus a certain soapiness.
      That’s a little too easy for me.

  3. Mister 77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Believe it or not. My very first Ballechin. I like it great balanced Sherry and wonderful Nose full of Sherry on the non Fruit side, and a great Ashy finish. I like those Signatory Small Batches, because they are not Killed by Dark Sherry and the Bourbon Casks always balance them.

  4. MarijnB scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Characteristic Ballechin tones can be found here. Sweetly layered with a nice balance in peat. Surprising combination.

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. mattheww scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. MichRich scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    The most balanced 'Ballechin' ever. Well, at least that I have tasted, that is. Really nice 'mainland' smoke warmth, bbq notes, and a full, rounded body wrapped in sherry. Ahh. A real winter-warmer in colder countries, and a damn fine dram.

  8. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoke, sweetness, sherry, tobacco, wood, red fruits, later chocolate
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet. red fruits, chocolate, marzipan, some smoke
    • Finish
      88 88
      Sweetness remains, sherry, oak, becoming drier, warming, medium length

  9. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blind sample:

      Light amber

      The first thing I do is take a dry, ashy smoke. Dry, tart leather and fermented mango. The colleague doesn't smell maritime. Except for a pinch of salt. I'm more interested in cake or gingerbread spices. Dry pipe tobacco and, over time, a little blueberries. With a little more time in the glass, the smoke appears a bit more humid and there is a certain sweetness. I'm more on raspberries with liquid sweetener. With some nougat.

      The empty glass smells smoky with fermented light fruit sweetness.
    • Taste
      Dry smoky start. Like that brutally dry, ashy mouthfeel. In addition a cinnamon heat and orange. Tart herbs and just like pickled herbs. The fruit sweetness moves far back. Instead there is more malt and something like the last sip of dark wheat beer. When the yeast really comes into play. Has also removed something of warm chestnuts.
    • Finish
      Rather long. Very spicy and again the ashy smoke. At the very end there is a slight salt deposit.

  10. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Today a ballechin from 2010 is waiting to be tasted. The whisky comes from the Small Batch Edition series by Signatory Vintage and was bottled exclusively for Kirsch Import at 48.1% vol. For ten years. The whisky in the glass is dark gold and has a medium viscosity.
    For me another very successful bottling from the Small Batch Edition. As before with the Edradour, Signatory & Kirsch have once again shown a good hand when choosing a barrel and put an exciting whisky in the bottle.
    • Nose
      89 89
      When you first smell it, a very pleasant and warm smoky note paired with the sweetness of the sherry barrels. On the second breath, the smoke becomes spicier, more like fresh fir green and almost even with a medicinal note. Together with the scent of sandalwood, red berries and a spicy sweetness, the ballechin presents itself very nicely on the nose. There is no alcohol and everything looks round and harmonious. The start was definitely a success!
    • Taste
      88 88
      On the palate, the 48.1% vol. Are quite lively, but without being disturbing. The smoke is a little dirtier and the sweetness more elegant than expected from the nose. Sherry flavors, dark fruits, chocolate, cloves, mint and marzipan can be tasted. After adding a little water, the sweetness comes out more clearly, while the smoky aroma falls back. The dram becomes softer and fruity and it is definitely worth experimenting with adding water.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish of Dar Ballechin is in the medium to long range. Of course, the smoky note is retained, but there is also a dry spicy note that is quite pleasant, especially towards the back. The mint has a brief invigorating effect before it is replaced by pleasant sherry notes.


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