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 brand. 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 20, 2004 was aged in ex-port cask no. 205 for 13 years. Bottled ‘straight from the cask’ unchill-filtered and at natural strength of 54,3% abv on January 15, 2018 with an outrun of 415 bottles.
Nose: peat smoke, red currants, raspberries, cantaloupe, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, milk chocolate and bunch of garden herbs.
Palate: peat smoke, black cherries, blackberries, raspberries, cocoa powder, vanilla custard, toffee, cinnamon, hints of nutmeg and oak.
Finish: fairly long, peat smoke, toffee, roasted almonds, mixed berries marmalade, chocolate-coated prunes and dash of mulling spice.