Ballechin 2004

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
SFTC - Burgundy Cask Matured
Stated Age
13 years old
1st Fill Burgundy Cask
26 (part)
52.5 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottled for
Le Caveau d'Ostwald
Added on
28 Jun 2017 11:58 am by spezi1988
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 119.90

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18 × member ratings

34 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ballechin 2004

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.38 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, the "sour" component, which I also find the newer Bruichladdichs very annoying - too bad
    • Nose
      Campfire, smokehouse with ham, next to it a glass of red wine - after some time in the glass, an acid aura spreads over everything
    • Taste
      Meaty, old beef ham, spicy and peppery, spicy and oaky, currant jelly, the red wine can be perceived
    • Finish
      medium long and dry with an acid finish, the smoke lasts a long time

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    The full, concentrated cargo of deep dark fruits and smoke. Do you smell a basket full of berries and dark fruits when sprinkled with alcohol and lighted?
    Blackberries, plums, juicy cherries, black currants, currants, cranberry
    As well many wood notes, sawdust and furniture polish.
    Behind the smoke is something slightly perfumed, reminding me of tobacco original, but with a touch of violets.
    The whole presses very intensively from the glass and requires concentration to take this apart.

    Phew, the start is fierce, very intense woody-spicy, accompanied by a certain alcoholic bite. Only with time will he become more accessible, fruity, but he will never be really sweet. Dark chocolate, cocoa and espresso combine to form ashes.
    From the consistency, I have the feeling of having a chocolate pudding in the mouth, you can almost chew it.

    The finish is long, ashy, dark-sweet.

    With water, the Ballechin in the nose brighter, more towards red berries and fruits. In the mouth it is also lighter and more fruity (but also dominated by water tart spice and the dark notes and ashes), but it also becomes significantly astringent. The inside of the mouth contracts, the inside of the cheeks feel almost furry.

    After the tasting I feel almost drained a bit - to break down the flavors I needed a lot of concentration. A second dram "just like that" also had a very diffuse aroma, like an oak-fruit ash smoothie.
    Easy drinking is definitely different!
    Still, I find the whisky really good, and I like that heavy, dark profile. Slight prints for this strange perfume note in the background, and for the arduous bulkiness of this malt.

  4. schero scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Even with this active barrel I taste Edradour, whose character I do not really like. But he is really strong and varied with a nice bite.
    • Nose
      All you have to do is pour it in and it starts to spread, from far away it smells like lightly baked fruits when baking, then rumrosines, a bit of sulfur, the Edradour soap no one has forgotten, cloves, and again burned jam while baking croissants
    • Taste
      Sweet red fruit, initially creamy and spicy, then comes the start, it gets drier and the oak comes out strong
    • Finish
      Pepper finish with a brief flash of sulfur followed by a mouth-filling fruitiness, which is then again the burnt jam


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