Ballechin 10 years
Ballechin is the name given to the peated whisky (50 ppm) from Edradour distillery, the production of which started in 2003. The Ballechin 10 years was first released in 2014, which explains why I don’t recall seeing it on the shelves during my previous visit to the distillery. Although I don’t remember exactly, this must have been in 2008 and, at that time, Edradour was still able to confidently market itself as the ‘smallest distillery in Scotland’. So a recent visit to Pitlochry granted me the opportunity to take another wee nosey around and pick up a miniature of Ballechin 10 years – a ‘whisky discovery’ for me.
Nose: my first impression is that it’s, quite literally, like a breath of fresh air. It reminds me of when you’ve been outdoors all day and then come inside; whatever that smell is, this is it! There’s rain on freshly cut grass and damp soil. After a while, the sweet butterscotch sauce that was lurking in the background starts to creep to the fore mixed with wafts of smoke.
Palate: a thin, almost oily, texture; vanilla fudge followed by lemon bonbons; heather honey; there’s some cinnamon spice amongst the sweetness; cigar smoke; dark chocolate comes through on the finish which is long and slightly dry.
Price (70cl) : £41.95