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 October 3, 2008 was aged in ex-bourbon barrel no. 278 for 10 years. Bottled ‘straight from the cask’ unchill-filtered and at natural strength of 60.1% abv on October 8, 2018 with an outrun of 300 bottles.
Nose: lots of peat smoke, vanilla, milk chocolate, caramel, bunch of fresh herbs, lemons, green apples, coconut flakes and dash of white pepper.
Palate: peaty and smoky, caramel, honey, vanilla, milk chocolate, cappuccino, summer fruits, mixed herbs, oak and hints of cigar ash.
Finish: pretty long, smoky and ashy, with notes of mixed herbs, pepper, vanilla, caramel and oak.