Overall rating
Single Malt
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate - Cask Strength
Stated Age
11 years old
Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
59.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 May 2017 5:42 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 69.15

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Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2005 vW

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.14 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Conclusion in the strong peat experiment: In this sample, the decision is also a bit harder for me. Here I miss a little bit of the mineral and maritime influences, that's why I prefer Katla to a peaty Highlander. No idea what is behind Katla, possibly 10-12 years old and with about 50% or higher alcohol content.
    • Nose
      Blind tasting: The nosing of Sample Katla begins malty and fruity. Subtle peat is almost suppressed by a minty eucalyptus note. The mint and the resulting freshness are impressive and extremely dominsnt. Actually, there is almost no peat ... Apples mingle with vineyard peach, sweet caramel and creamy sweetness invite you to dream. Full-bodied fruity with an extremely fresh peppermint note leaves the nose no tip.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity, the sample flows through the mouth. Suddenly a massive peat and smoke discharge. The tongue and the entire palate glow and burn, tart and spicy woody notes mix to a wooden sharpness, the palate is slightly numb. Slowly, the sharpness and numbness stops, but leaves dark and dull woody notes in the entire palate. The second sip reminds me a little bit of cognac ....
    • Finish
      Herb and wooden start the departure. The fruity and malty elements return, tart and with a touch of walnuts the finish is remembered for a relatively long time.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Ranking: 1st nose, 2nd mouth and finish blind tasting
    • Nose
      very soft notes: a pagan fire on a warm late autumn day, soft sweet toffee by the fire, a bouquet of heather flowers saved from the flames, a kiss in the firelight, it tastes of peat -
    • Taste
      oily, sweet vanilla, citrus aromas, toffee, roasted coffee, slightly tart
    • Finish
      Fire smoke, herbs, vanilla, sweet caramel lightly burned, wood ash

  3. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very well integrated alcohol. Beautiful non-Islay smoker.
    Blind tasting fassstark.de "peat experiment"
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke, chalk in the background. Honey.
    • Taste
      Also on the tongue, the whisky presents sweet at first, the peat comes only after a while. Then he strikes, displacing the sweetness and putting a layer of ash on his tongue. The peat moment passes quickly, the sweetness of fermented grapes returns, now drier, with hints of oak. Some menthol out the back.
    • Finish
      Medium long, with now strong menthol content. Cooling, only a little fruity.

  4. Gloin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is worth giving time to the whisky. The smell changes strongly with time, which makes the nose very exciting. The taste and the finish are exciting and harmonious at the same time, the whisky is changing, but always everything is consistent. The finish falls a little bit in comparison to the nose and prevents a higher score. A very good whisky. blind tasting
    • Nose
      Immediately present, but not intense smoke, lime, slightly sour, a little oak, becoming sweeter, grass, wet wood, a lot of vanilla, after a moment in the glass always sweeter, the lime disappears for a moment completely, only to return later. After 10 minutes, a wonderful note of roasted almonds is added.
    • Taste
      Very soft onset, creamy body, sweet. Vanilla, sweetened lime, cane sugar, smoke always present, but very in the background, after a while soft oak tones
    • Finish
      In the finish smoke and oak come to the fore more, the vanilla is a little weaker, a tiny touch of cherries, milk chocolate. The sweet smoke, in the finish but then very clear, stays on the palate for a long time.

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Compared to the 10-year-old original bottling (WID: 58671) much fresher and crisper. Citrus fruits, flower meadow and herbs. The smoke is also less here. Overall "cleaner" and more "straight forward". However certainly not boring. I like it well and better than the 10s.

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    False Start

    Ballechin is the lesser known, peaty brother of Edradour. Whatever bottler you see on the label, obviously the casks come from Signatory, as this company run by Andrew Symington, owns the Edradour distillery. This 11 years old malt from 2005 was bottled by the Dutch company van Wees at a whopping 59.9%. Where is my water?

    The nose is immediately – as it should be with Ballechin – quite dirty, if you know what I mean. Earthy notes, fatty peat with a sour touch, plant roots with some oak, vanilla and liquorice. Then, under the surface, some almonds, breakfast cereals and a hint of mint and citrus fruit appears. Molded wood and a touch of smoke. Leave it to breath and it will become a lot sweeter.

    It is surprisingly soft of its ABV and immediately very sweet and creamy. But that is just the first appearance. A false start, maybe? Because after just a moment it explodes on the palate with a big spiciness and peatiness. Very herbal and green on barley sugar, soft oaky notes and white pepper, ginger, liquorice and some vanilla. Ashes and peat conquer the palate. The only fruit I get now is lime.

    The finish is very long and returns to the sweet side in the guise of milk chocolate. But the smoke lingers. Some menthol at the death.

    Sip this after 8pm (got it?). Thanks, Anthony!

  7. Albaron scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    Blind tasting during the peat experiment by fassstark.de:

    Here I first thought of a Aisla Bay or the Balvenie Peat Week, but then came back from it, because all over 50% should have alcohol. No idea what distillery. This is my favorite.

    At the post-tasting:
    Very interesting whisky, very varied and a very unusual flavor profile, a nice smoke. Hard to believe that this should be a Bourbon matured whisky, because there are also sherry typical flavors. Great
    • Nose
      light smoke a bit phenolic, very sweet, a bit mineral and a touch of black tea, vanilla, caramel and toffee, later mixes a spice mixture in the direction of crisp Hungarian under everything
    • Taste
      the smoke is immediately present, very slightly phenolic, then again the sweetness, vanilla and toffee, a little pear, also a black tea and also slightly fleshy
    • Finish
      the pear leads into the outlet, here comes the tannins and the smoke is still noticeable, then becomes astringent

  8. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Interesting whisky. All in all rather unusual in the flavors. But good.
    • Nose
      Sweetish, citrus peel, subtle peat, a little bit of menthol, a slight touch of carrot green, some licorice, but it gets sweeter. With water, the nose becomes very full and sweet, the citrus peels now angegoren and the sweetish root note is more pronounced.
    • Taste
      Pure pretty strong, peat, ashes and a slight sweetness. Very herbaceous with water, tangy spicy.
    • Finish
      Menthol, cooling, some wood, peat, but also a slightly sticky musty sweetness.

  9. Fight65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great Ballechin!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Patrick93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86


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