Ballechin 2005

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
SFTC - Bordeaux Cask Matured
Stated Age
11 years old
Bordeaux Cask
Number of bottles
56.7 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
12 Mar 2017 10:13 am by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 77.50

6 × in wishlist

45 × member ratings

64 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2005

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.67 points

  1. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Full bodied and with rich flavors, mouthdrying finish. Great single cask malt. Once again well done Andrew Symington!

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The off-notes give it character, but are on the edge of ruining it at the same time.
    • Nose
      Blueberry, caramel, gherkin, salami, peat and burnt rubber. Orange when adding water.
    • Taste
      Blueberry, salami, nutmeg, peat, caramel and gherkin.
    • Finish
      Salami, raisin, peat, dark chocolate and nutmeg.

  3. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, old wood, spices, earth, but also somehow wet sand, black currants, dark cherries, some gum, citrus cleanser, grasses and leaves, dried fruit,
    • Taste
      Honey, strawberries, grapefruit, lemon, some soil and again some green plants, coffee, wood, pepper, is really dry in the mouth, smoke very little and almost perceptible to me

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Interesting nose. Somehow so red fruits in a lot of butter. Mushrooms. Also sulfur notes. The smoke I feel a little less strong compared to other Ballechins. In the mouth, the nose continues first. But then again comes the problem, which I often have with whiskys from the wine barrel. Somehow the wine seems set for me. Apart from my "wine problem", I find it quite interesting. After more sips I feel the wine but not so put on.

  5. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    one of theese nice, smoky winecasks! I love it!!
    Quite comparable with Ballechin Batch 7.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Sassenach convert scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    The complexity and almost infinite finish of this whisky is seldom matched in my experience. The nose evolves with air, as does the palate. The richness of the mouth feel is wonderful. I can't wait t0 see how the 15 or 18 year old might turn out - they do have some maturing, don't they?
    • Nose
      Smokey fruit like someone threw handful of plums and cherries on a wood fired barbecue. More oak and vanillas coming through as the nose gets used to the smoke
    • Taste
      Wonderful explosion of wood-smoked stone fruits on vanilla ice cream. Feeling of velvet coating the tongue when a drop of water is added
    • Finish
      So long a finish that the next dram overtakes it!!!

  7. stollimaus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A very beautiful Ballechin! The maturation in the Bordeaux barrel goes very well with the light smoke.
    The small 0.5 liter bottle costs at the cheapest provider in January 2018 at least 70 euros. Despite the strength and single cask this is pretty juicy! If you convert that to 0.7l and 46%, you get at least 80 euros for an 11 year old Ballechin. Whether the bidding justifies this rather high price, everyone must decide for themselves ...
    • Nose
      Milk chocolate, raisins and light roasted aromas come through first. The wine notes are discreetly in the background. Not too sweet, no maltiness, a light freshness and only light smoke, which goes towards the stable.
      The whole thing is a very nice composition!
      Later it becomes fruity (at times almost perfumed), sweeter and carameliger.
    • Taste
      The wine notes are directly present and go very well with the smoke and the spice.
      The addition of water does not hurt.
    • Finish
      Tart but not bitter. Dark chocolate.

  8. gerardsmike scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Whisky in Leiden 2017
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. Daan Tje scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90


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