Ballechin 10yo (OB)

The coming of age of Ballechin


After 8 inaugural batches, Ballechin, the heavily peated highlander born at the small Perthshire based Edradour distillery comes of age. With its first regular release in the summer of 2014, Edradour means business and wants to carve out a section of the ultra-peated niche market for itself. Peated higlanders are have become a common sight: Tomintoul, Tomatin and BenRiach have treaded upon that path before, Let's see how that worked out for good old Edradour.

burnished gold in colour, thick legs in the glass, peated at 50ppm(!), matured ex-bourbon, bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: notes of dark earthy peat, with scents of scorched wood and thick coal smoke rising from within. Topped off with an aroma of malted barley and linseed.

Mouth: a dry and oily body, with a bouquet of peat and ash with grassier notes of hay.Some fruity notes slumbering in the background (Mirabelle syrup?)

Finish: an earthy drying finish, with soft citrusy notes lingering in the backdrop, but far from predominant


The Verdict: Good stuff, full of flavor and quite robust, whilst not overly complex it can deliver quite a blow. Though it still can’t compete with the giants from Islay, it could well outclass some of their retarded NAS offspring in a one on one fight. I imagine this is how highland whisky would taste like in the olden days of illicit distillers: rough, untamed, strongly peated young whisky.
Score: 84

Nose: 22

Taste: 21
Finish: 19 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house