Ballechin Distillery was founded in 1810 by a group of Perthshire farmers. It was a small outfit, with annual output around 90,000 liters of spirit per annum.
The distillery ceased operations in 1927 and the last casks were removed from the warehouse six years later. In 2006 Edradour Distillery resurrected the brand with a release of Ballechin # 1, as part of The Discovery Series. It was 4 years old heavily peated whisky aged solely in first fill Burgundy casks. Only 6000 bottles were produced. Since 2014 the core version of Ballechin is 10 years old.
Nose: peat smoke, burnt rubber, tar, hints of diesel fuel, strawberries, gooseberries, notes of stables and moist hay.
Palate: slightly waxy, rubber and peat smoke again, lapsang souchong tea, strawberries, red currants, licorice, pepper and dash of nutmeg.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of pepper, nutmeg, mixed berries marmalade and lots of peat smoke.