Ballechin 12yo, 2007-2019, Whic, The War of the Peat
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Bottling: whic (Whiskycircle)
Cask type: Refill Sherry Hogshead (#178, 305 btl.)
Nose: There's immediately bacon on the nose nicely mixed with smoke and a touch of phenols. Underneath there is a delicate sweetness with sherry, oranges, plums and caramel. Spicy notes of burnt oak and cloves in the back. Very appealing. The alcohol tickles slightly but pleasantly in the nose.
Palate: Full-bodied and intense on the palate. Sweet and creamy with sherry, red fruit and dates. Warming with a nice mix of oak spice, pepper, nutmeg and cloves, with sweet smoke in the background. Slightly dry towards the finish with a touch of ash.
Finish: The finish is long and warming with sweet notes of raisins and barley sugar, nicely mixed with a touch of peat smoke, and dry notes of oak and cloves on the tail.
With water: There's a bit more bacon coming through when a splash of water is added. A bit more fruit as well with a discreet smoky touch. Significantly less warming on the palate with a pleasant fruity sweetness wrapped in a whiff of peat smoke, followed by dry oak. The finish is medium long with subtle smoke but significantly more notes of dry oak and cloves.
Comments: A very delicate dram that Whic chose to start their thirteen-part series "The War of the Peat". Full, rich and intense with a beautiful balance of ripe fruit notes, spicy sweetness and peat smoke. It definitely makes you want more.
I thank whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample and the image!
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!