Ballechin 10yo, 2004-2015, The Clanadonia Series - #1 Tu-Bardh
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Cask type: Sherry Butt (#338, 728 btl.)
Colour: Old gold.
Nose: Wood smoke mixed with coal dust and a hint of peat on the nose. Fresh with a light cereal note and a touch of sweet sherry coming in over the top.
Palate: Rich with sweet notes of dates and raisins, followed by a bold and intense warming spiciness of peat, tender smoke, oak and nutmeg. Sweet barley sugar and subtle smoked ham nicely intermingle with spicy acacia honey and tender cinnamon towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is medium to long and warm with a dry sweetness, burnt caramel and a touch of peat smoke on the tail.
With water: Dry, smoky and slightly medical on the nose with a splash of water. Oak and ginger in the back. Less sweet on the palate with more phenolic character, cloves and oak spice. Dry and slightly warming. The finish is short to medium long, less sweet, dry, and somewhat warming with spicy notes of acacia honey, peat, and a hint of smoke.
Comments: A nice smoky whisky from Edradour. Bold and young with a peaty character. Good balance of sherry derived flavours and oak spice. Lacks some complexity, but a promising spirit though. Best to enjoy neat.
I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample and the photograph!