- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Discovery Series
- Calculated age
- 10 years old
- Bordeaux Hogsheads
- Number of bottles
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 22 Jul 2012 10:00 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Ballechin Batch 7
23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.07 points
- Very smoky; heavy taste of the bordeaux cask; strong
Heavy smoke smolders out of the glass. A little burnt rubber. But it also brings a lot of sweet but also spicy honey right away. And then it gets extremely fruity with dark grape juice and pickled cherries.
In the beginning surprisingly light on the tongue. Pleasantly sweet. Distinct licorice. Only on the palate shows a dirty, ashen smoke. Then the red wine notes come with pleasant acidity and dryness.
Spicy, almost a bit peppery.
Ashes in the throat.
- Heavy on rubbery peat (like peaty Bunnas with a wine/sherry finish maybe), and not exactly a favourite of mine. Funny and interesting to try, but not a strong candidate for buying an entire bottle of.
- Well-balanced, harmonious, very drinkable, spirituous. Alloy finely crushed rubber with red wine.
The first wave - red wine, thick, saturated, then - wide spectrum rubber - from soft, porous and warm to cold gas mask, then earthy, peaty notes, watered coals fire and again burst through them wine-berry, sometimes lemonade tones. Harmonious, it is .
Continuation of the aroma - wine, red, sweet, fortified and immediately - bitter turf, coal taste, rubber, fresh bark from young shoots, pepper.
Peppery, bitter cortex, burning ginger is gradually inferior to the hidden sweetness in the background. Medium duration.
- I like this, because it's so honnest and upfront. Very enjoyable. That said, by combining the heady sweet wine of the nose and the virile palate, the finish attempts to hide the lack of complexity of this dram ... but this is still very binary. I adore when peat+wine or peat+sherry mingle into something that's more than the sum of the parts : that's not the case here. But nice try !
Heady and seductive, upfront. Very fruity on dark grape juice, blackcurrant crème. Think a masculine, smoky take on Balvenie 21's profile. Caol and soot are kept in the back for now. Its fruitiness then evolves on something (yet) more liqueurish and exotic, like some pina colada. You feel the cask has been very active, but anyway, I'm pleased so far. Not hugely complex obviously, but straight to the point.
Shows its intentions clearly once again, but the profile has changed : here, the masculine, peaty part takes the lead. Bold, but not harsh. Peat and wine have switched their respective roles, muddy, leathery peat being the dominant note now, with some blood orange and tannins in the background. The nose's nemesis, which is interesting, really. Once again, pretty "anticipable".
Tannicity remains and gives some structure, creating a perfect transition between the "palate's end" and the "finish's start". Smoky oak, leather, earth, rosehip tea.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Hot and spiced nose with engine oil, cooked apricots with honey, peat smoke, cut hay and pepper.
Palate: Very peaty palate with cranberries, manuka honey, blueberry jam, black pepper, cinnamon pastries, nutmeg…
Finish: Long and peaty finish with port wine and spice.
- This was my first Ballechin and I like it. After I've already given Edradour the pass, I'll take a closer look at the Ballechins. Light smoke and a red wine barrel fit in my view really well together.
slight smoke, spice and red wine; it looks dusty and dry; in addition there are dark cherries and hints of bitter oak; a light muff is also there; over time, the smoke evaporates and the red wine becomes more pronounced; now it gets a bit sweeter; the alcohol is very well integrated and only noticeable in the background; the cherries and the muff become clearer after the first sips
Immediately there are dark, pickled cherries in the mouth; then comes chocolate and spicy oak, but it is only slightly bitter and a little dry; the smoke is only discreetly present; Pepper, nutmeg and again red wine
medium and dry; sweet at first and then it gets spicy; the red wine is back again; in the finish, the smoke is again somewhat more marked than in the taste; it stays dry with kirsch and pepper in the palate
- It could have been more bordeaux cask influence in my opinion. Not too much peat, I like this dram.