The Ballechin brand is 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 February 2, 2007 was aged in ex-Oloroso sherry butt no. 18 for 11 years. Bottled ‘straight from the cask’ unchill-filtered and at natural strength of 61% abv on September 18, 2018 with an outrun of 955 bottles.
Nose: beautiful combination of peat smoke and dried fruit sweetness, apricots, figs, raisins, smoked plums, caramel, cocoa powder, cinnamon and sherried oak.
Palate: chocolate-coated cherries, raisins, espresso, dried figs, smoked plums, salted caramel, allspice, dash of pepper and whiffs of peat smoke.
Finish: pretty long and smoky, with notes of dried fruits, dark chocolate, treacle, allspice and sherried oak.