The Ballechin brand is a homage to the distillery operating in the neighborhood of Edradour Distillery and closed in 1927.
Soon after Andrew Symington acquired Edradour he started distilling peated whisky (50ppm phenols in malt), which he launched in 2006 as Ballechin. Today Ballechin whisky is part of the Edradour core range and is supplemented with limited releases on annual basis. Ballechin Straight from the Cask in an example of the latter. The whisky distilled on April 23, 2004 was aged in ex-port cask no. 215 for 13 years. Bottled ‘straight from the cask’ unchill-filtered and at natural strength of 54.2% abv on September 22, 2017 with an outrun of 408 bottles.
Nose: clouds of smoke, cigar ash, raspberries, cranberry relish, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate and hints of dried herbs.
Palate: peaty and smoky, mixed berries marmalade, prunes, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, pinch of salt and subtle oaky bitterness.
Finish: pretty long, smoky, with notes of red berries, chocolate, mixed nuts and a touch of mint.