Ballechin 2004

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Manzanilla Sherry Cask Matured
Stated Age
12 years old
Manzanilla Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
55.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Kirsch Whisky
Added on
17 Dec 2016 11:56 am by breste
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 90.07

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114 × member ratings

184 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2004

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.87 points

  1. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    My first Ballechin. Great peated whisky. I love it. Edradour just continues to amaze me. Tasted a sample on day four of the US Blind Tasting Competition 2017. My guess was a Kilchoman 05-yo @ 60%.
    • Nose
      Peat, salt, overripe blue grapes, barn, mint
    • Taste
      Sweet smoke, peat, ash, ripe red fruit
    • Finish
      Very long, slightly bitter, not drying. Smoke covered red fruit dies slowly on the tongue.

  2. AquaVitae scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Sherry and peat in a very happy marriage.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Although the peat is apparent, it is the perfumed side that sets this whisky apart. Almost flowery in a good way. Also burnt coffee and raisins.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nutty and dry. The mouthfeel is coating and soft like oil. Cacao, boerenjongens and pink pepper.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and persistent. First the peat and then menthol and roasted almonds.
      Really long finish for a whisky this age!

  3. MikeMcMaster scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    A Smoked Bacon Hammer: an exciting Highlander featuring a complex concert of smokyness, sweetness and spicyness. Special, rich, nicely complex with surprising depth. Certainly a perfect choice for winter days, and summer days :-). Not everybody will like this powerful mix.
    • Nose
      Starts off with smoked Bacon&Ham, dry sherry notes, oranges and raisins, honey and bonfire smoke. Slightly medical with herbs and hints of cough syrup in the back.
    • Taste
      Bold and intense; quite warming. Smoky and spicy at first with bacon, pepper, ginger and oak. Sweet and tender fruity notes of cherries and plums arrive, nicely mixed with dry sherry. Oily and minerally with phenols, hints of salt and cough syrup towards the finish.
    • Finish
      Intense, long, warm and subtle sweet with plums and hints of sugar. Drying smoke on the tail with a bitter herbal touch.

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A certified bomb of sherry and peat. Proper stuff, and a great pick by the people from Kirsch Whisky.
    • Nose
      Aromas of barbecue and smoked peppers, as well as cigar tobacco, soot and leather. Very savoury, plenty of brine, but there's also some room left for blackcurrants.
    • Taste
      Big on the peat, slightly medicinal, whiffs of iodine. Pinch of black pepper too. The spirit is oily, which I always find a plus. A touch of orange zest and aniseed, as well as some oak. Nicely balanced.
    • Finish
      Drying, with peat, rubber and brine.

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Maybe the driest whisky I've drunk so far. No to little sweet notes. Somehow exciting and quite delicious.
    • Nose
      Spicy, dry, lavender, rose water, thyme, peat smoke, slightly fleshy, oak.
    • Taste
      Salty, spicy, oak, pepper, peat, a hint of sherry, but ultra-dry, no sweetness
    • Finish
      Pepper, oak, thyme, lavender, smoke, peat.

  6. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Complement: So long is the bottle emptied and the oxidation has really done the whisky very well. But he is still so mega dry and it just leaches the complete water out of the body ;-)

    I like this in the meantime and welcome the dry sweetness paired with this different kind of smoke.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. malthead-sven scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    a massive malt that has strong flavors for itself, a lot of burned stuff, which you might like, but overall less complex than expected
    • Nose
      greasy smoke, road salt, bicycle hose, wet gravel, also removes sweet, burnt rubber, a worn leather bag, diluted it is slightly fresher, ginger, no fruit, green walnuts, raw ham, dark mushy strawberries, eraser
    • Taste
      heavy and spicy, particularly tingling on the tip of the tongue, barely fruits, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, slightly less smoke, roasted almonds
    • Finish
      again more smoky but not very engaging at first, dry, spicy, later again intense burnt notes and then neat reheating

  8. LDB scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Extradry! Very intense and blatant aromas between smoldering and acrid smoke, salty barbecue and almond puree. All in all, too much of everything for me, too rough, too dry, too ostentatious. But still an unforgettable experience.

  9. Alfredadalbert1 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Best ballechin I've ever tried. Extremely smoky and a wonderful barrel.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  10. JNuyts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


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