Ballechin Distillery operated in Perthshire from 1810 to 1827. This small distillery was located close to Edradour Distillery and produced about 90,000 liters of spirit per annum.
The latter was acquired by Signatory Vintage Whisky Co. in 2002 and soon started producing limited quantities of heavily peated whisky from barley malted to 50ppm phenols. The whisky was launched in 2006 under the Ballechin brand and over time gained tremendous popularity. Ballechin 2009 Vintage was aged in first fill ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at 46% abv without chill-filtration. Currently Edradour produces about 25,000 liters of peated spirit annually.
Nose: smoky and earthy, forest floor, oily peat, malted barley, green apples, lemon peel, vanilla, buttered toast, dash of white pepper, hints of hay and oak.
Palate: sweet cereals, vanilla custard, caramel, butterscotch, apples, peaches, Mirabelle jam, toasted oak and lots of peat smoke.
Finish: medium long, with notes of peat smoke, vanilla, sweet cereals, summer fruit, dash of pepper and oak.