Ballechin Batch 6

Overall rating
84.42/100
votes
101
Whiskybase ID
WB25669
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Discovery Series
Vintage
2002
Bottled
07.2011
Calculated age
09 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
08 oct 2011 1:20 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 111.16

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Whisky reviews for Ballechin Batch 6

16 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.42 points.

  1. Albaron scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Bourbon also works well with Edradour, at least with the smoky variety. Fun, very easy to drink, nice mineral notes, slightly bitter, very pleasant. The smoke is fine and the honey notes are also excellent.
    • Nose
      the slightly dry smoke hits the nose first, some alcohol, but then also slightly sweet and sour, vanilla, citrus fruits, a hint of banana and pineapple, plus some honey and slightly creamy
    • Taste
      Sweet and creamy, the dry smoke, slightly mineral and mentholated, drifting a little bitterly, is evident. Vanilla, honey, ripe bananas, a hint of pineapple, preserved light fruits, Mirabelle plums
    • Finish
      the mineral menthol smoke fades, it remains dry on the tongue, the fruit and sweetness also slowly disappear, but stay longer than the smoke, a few tannins flash through every now and then

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  3. Roland7 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    River fish fried on the wood and sprinkled with mint! Smoke, ash, smoked bacon, black pepper, boiled potatoes, peat, damp earth, burning rubber, paint, sawdust, peanuts, mustard, lavender, lemon peel, tangerine, lollipop, gooseberry, sea buckthorn, hawthorn.

  4. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      82 82
      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).
    • Taste
      86 86
      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.
    • Finish
      85 85
      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.

  5. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      Smoldering peat smoke, coal dust, burned grass, citrus, dusty jute sacks, oak and rainy hay. With water: solid, peaty and smoldering coal smoke.
    • Finish
      Long, complex, smoldering smoke and charred oak.

  6. jhut scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    whisky tasting the horn 21 7 17
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      cigars / pipe tobacco, difficult to name, rich
    • Finish
      salty, taste stays for a long time.

  7. Achany scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Well balanced simple bourbon cask matured peated single malt whisky.

  9. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      intense, but pleasant, soft, sweet smoke, well integrated in a lot of creamy sweetness, vanilla, honey, caramel and earthy-leathery Edradour notes
    • Taste
      Sweet. Creamy. Sweet. Smoked marzipan nougat bar with vanilla sauce. Some leather, light, spicy sharpness.
    • Finish
      Long, creamy sweetness, pleasant, slightly bitter smoke, vanilla, caramel ...

  12. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  13. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  14. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, vanilla, earthy
    • Taste
      Smoky peat, marzepan, nutty, olive oil
    • Finish
      Spicy, flowery, oaky, vanilla

  15. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I would have said Ardbeg to the blind. I even check the comments on this whisky thinking that there was a sample error ...
    • Nose
      But ... but ... it's peaty! And no matter how: good peat, lots of iodine, all melted, greedy. Islay style! Near ardbeg
    • Taste
      Idem. It's fat, unctuous, a little sweet, on peat, iodine, medicinal plants. Simple but what a good surprise
    • Finish
      Very good, although noticeably dryer and ashen

  16. Superted scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      smoke fresh ceddar wood ash
    • Taste
      dun brrrrr

  17. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Aroma has two positions that are artificially articulated. The first one is a very harsh, grassy and sharp scent, and as a counterpane there is a dense, dense and earthy peat, which is still added to the skin, iodine and redcurrant pulp. It reminds me of BenRiach 21y Authenticus. (87 b)
    • Taste
      Sweet and sharp, a lot of peat, which is fine, was bad after a bit of gum and bitter tannin, which impresses a little bit. (83 b)

  18. granella2003 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Surrounded by aromas of smoked sausage and a bonfire in the fall.
    • Taste
      On the palate opens a sweet peat make followed by raspberries, candied lemon, vanilla, cake, ginger and pepper.
    • Finish
      The finish is of long duration and is full of fruity flavors and tones of smoke

  19. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The 6th release of Ballechin, the heavily peated spirit that the folks at Edradour sometimes make. This one eschews the more fancy finishes of the rest of the range and was matured in a bourbon cask, for a straight down the line example of their peated malt. TWE

  20. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion one of the best Ballechin, and i really like it all...
    • Nose
      Smoky peat with a incredible sweet nose of vanilla, honey and flowers.
    • Taste
      Smoky marzipan (i don't know wether you can buy that anywhere), hazelnut and a mouthlicking spicy peat.
    • Finish
      After the smoky and peaty spiciness, some vanilla, honey and flowers stays in the background.

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