- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Discovery Series
- Calculated age
- 05 years old
- Madeira Puncheons
- Number of bottles
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml 750 ml
- Added on
- 07 Sep 2008 12:24 am
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61 × member ratings
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Whisky Reviews for Ballechin Batch 2
11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.98 points
- Colour: between honey and straw, light coloured. Legs of note
Nose: Peaty...but madeira notes do pierce through. Some damp notes creep in. With a bit of water fresh fruit (citrus notes) come to play
Taste: love it. peat and wine notes of madeira cask actually go well together. With a bit of water, earth notes surface. Also a few sweet favours like toffee and chocolate
Finish: long, nice, pleasant lingering. Initially peat and then more fruity notes stay behind
Appearance: I like the chubby bottle from Edradour
Smoky peat, herbs, grassy, flowery
Peaty, sweet, peppery, caramel
Rather long, grassy, bitter
- SGP: 567
Very good whisky. A nice detour from the typical Islay peat monsters. It was a very refreshing experience for me.
Intensive peat attack at first nosing; manure; light sweetness creeps in. Vegetable oil; honey. A tad medicinal smells. Grass reek.
With water - more peat and cattle farm odors. (I know it sounds terrible but in fact it is a rather nice sensation; I quite like this profile).
Nice sweetness at first; salt; peat. The alcohol is a bit prickly on the tongue.
It has good body but the nose made me expect more oiliness.
With water - clears up the peatiness and makes the sweetness more pronounced. Lots of citrus freshness.
The finish is long on peat, a bit of sweetness and the citrus also carries on for a while.
- Andrew may not like
to hear this, but his best Edradour is the peated version! And such a young
animal too. Let us not forget that this Ballechin is only 4 years old! Thanks
to the Green Man from Ostend for the sample. What a discovery.
The nose is
immediately farmy. Think cow stable. The peat is soft and nicely interwoven in
the grassy notes (hay, straw and dried dandelions) with a drop of cod oil.
Reminds me a bit of Ledaig (which is fine, for I quite love Ledaig, the peated
Tobermory). The wine, however discreet, takes care of a fruity side that takes
some work to discover. But it pays to try.
On the palate, the
cod oil returns with a vengeance. Oily and salty. Sounds not as good as it
tastes. Nice smokiness, not too big, not dominant. There is enough room for all
kinds of sweetness and spices. Liquorice. Still farmy and grassy (think oats)
with a salty edge. Soot? Yes, this is quite good indeed!
The finish is fairly
long with a mildly bitter but spicy finale. Think walnuts and paprika.
- TASTING NOTE LMDW: Ballechin, the heavily peated version of Edradour (Scotland's smallest distillery located in the Southern Highlands), in its second limited edition, this time completely aged in barrels (puncheons) containing Madeira. A version already full of maturity and under influence, as its unique color suggests.
Nose: empyreumatic, on rubber, berries (juniper), it gives the impression of a very old single malt raised salt, leather. Palate: oily and peaty, it evokes old-fashioned sauces, fruity and smoky. Final: very long, on a peaty and spicy sensation.
Smoke, peat, wet straw, pile of sour fruit, a smaller bunch of sweet fruit, smoke from the smokehouse. Everything strong enough and concentrated, as I like it. (88 b)
It shakes, then a mixture of smell, smoke, spices and, finally, a pepper. (87 b)
Surprisingly simple, thin and quite short, which was quite unexpected. The only freckle on the beauty behind which I round down the rating.
- Even in the nose, the sweetness of the Madeira`s shows with a hint of smoke, but only in the complex palate notes are fully exploited. Significantly more pleasant than the # 1