Ballechin are the heavily peated distillate from Edradour distillery. A good friend makes me test those bottles that he particularly enjoys as daily drams. I hope I’ll love those too!
Ballechin 12yo 2004-2016 (53.7%, OB for The Flemish Tour 2016, Sherry cask, cask #349, 360 bottles)
Nose: Alcohol seems absent, it’s round but balanced. Cocoa, BBQ smoke, salt, peat and medicinal notes.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the flavours are intense. Honey, tannins, smoky peat, leather and some bewitching candied orange and chocolate… « Orangettes » if you know what I mean ! Really nice.
Finish : It’s long. Wood ashes, honey, smoky peat and hints of white pepper.
A really nice Ballechin. It’s really easy to drink, not really complex but instantly enjoyable!
Ballechin 16yo 2003-2019 (58.9%, Signatory Vintage, Islay cask then sherry cask, cask #186, 620 bottles)
Nose: It’s quite round too. Some heavy peat and smoked meat at first. Then I have leather, raisins, iodine and salt on the background.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the flavours are really intense too but this time the profile is more meaty. I canb taste smoked peat wrapped in peat, wood ashes and a pinch of sea salt.
Finish: Long. Smoke, ashes and meat wrapping you mouth with little hints of candied oranges.
Really good too. When I’ll need some meat & peat profile I’ll know where to go now! In some ways it reminds me of some Montreal smoked meat. (If you have the opportunity to try that just take it!)
I really enjoyed those two Ballechin, those works perfectly as daily drams and the pricetag is fairly honest. Don’t expect huge complexity, that’s not the plan here.