- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Discovery Series
- Calculated age
- 09 years old
- Bourbon Barrels
- Number of bottles
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml 750 ml
- Added on
- 08 Oct 2011 1:20 am
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95 × member ratings
186 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Ballechin Batch 6
18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.37 points
- I'm not the biggest fan of Edradour; but wow when there's some peat added, it really comes to life. It buffers the sweet and floral notes (in this case from the Bourbon) and mingles that with a similar smoke of Lagavulin, but without the heft of seaside notes.
Lovely light, hints of florals and a touch of soap... then along swims a thick layer of smoke. Bright road tar and some library dust mingles with wild flower honey and Thrills gum. (That's a Canadian thing; violet flavoured gum, sort of floral and soapy with a bitter twinge and sweet finish).
This is where the spirit takes off. There's still the soapy floral of Edradour but the peat smoke pummels it and makes it quite tolerable. Coal oil and camp fuel mix with mandarin segments and excellent quality honey on wheat toast. That smoke smoulders through out and buffers the sweet right into the finish.
This is short and medium in length at the same time.... figure that out! The sweet oak and honey pudding give way in the shorter finish, the florals fall off in the palate and don't carry so much into the finish. Let's talk about the long finish... that smoke carries on forever. Coal tar and instant coffee with a tannic note of brewed black tea leaves and charred citrus.
Typical Ballechin with wonderful balancing act of flowery notes, blossom honey, citrus zests and full peat smoke. Then also some lime. With water: herbaceous, flowery and hay-like. Oak, lime, citrus, peat smoke and hints of mint.
Smoldering peat smoke, coal dust, burned grass, citrus, dusty jute sacks, oak and rainy hay. With water: solid, peaty and smoldering coal smoke.
Long, complex, smoldering smoke and charred oak.
- whisky tasting the horn 21 7 17
medicinal, heavy peat influence. Seems a bit like Bruichladdich in character. Wood tones are also abundant. Smoke influence I find quite low. Nice tobacco influence.
cigars / pipe tobacco, difficult to name, rich
salty, taste stays for a long time.
- fine Bourbon influence, vanilla, nice sweetness combined with some fine peat! well balanced, excellent dram. not overly complex but a nice peated single malt which is not from Islay
- Well balanced simple bourbon cask matured peated single malt whisky.
- Saulecker. My favorite from the Discovery series. Great, characterful Rohbrand, good Bourbon keg, neat smoke -> Top Whisky, goes, even without fancy wine finish. Too bad that the series is set, but the 10s is a worthy standard successor.
intense, but pleasant, soft, sweet smoke, well integrated in a lot of creamy sweetness, vanilla, honey, caramel and earthy-leathery Edradour notes
Sweet. Creamy. Sweet. Smoked marzipan nougat bar with vanilla sauce. Some leather, light, spicy sharpness.
Long, creamy sweetness, pleasant, slightly bitter smoke, vanilla, caramel ...
- 88 points. I have to say it like Edwin de Lange:
A great expression !
everyone who likes peated whisky should have had a bottle of this one.
Wow ! Instantly I knew that this one is a winner and I wasn't going to be disappointed. A raw and brutal wall of peat smoke welcomes you, followed by loads of vanilla. I was totally surprised that someone else stated a smoked sausage - I got burned salsiccia, too (which reminded me of a summer holiday in Sardegna, Italy).
I also got an impression of oak an lots of minerals.
It's an Edradour/Ballechin at its best ! Very oily, spices are present but kind of restrained. Very funny, there's "smoked marzipan" in it. I have to admit I read some of the older reviews and found this before I realized that this was perfectly the thing I got on the tongue but couldn't name it. Thank you ! There's also some old, smelly socks and a bit of curd soap in it - just these "dirty" notes, which are so typical of Edradour - but they stay pleasant.
Gets more and more bittersweet, the oak is emerging, but it stays just beautiful all the time. Some flowers appear in the fade and soften the bitterness from the oak together with vanilla and marzipan.