2005 Ballechin (Peated Edradour) 10 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously 90)

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Although we've been working directly with Edradour's Signatory label for five years now, we've never bottled anything directly from the distillery until finding this monster cask of 2005 Ballechin on our last trip. Ballechin is what Edradour Distillery calls its heavily peated expression, and the result is something far more beastly than anything you'll find on Islay. That's not to say the whisky is peatier, but rather it's heavier, more earthy, brooding, and dense. The peat smoke is clear right off the bat, but once it begins to collide with Edradour's intense maltiness, the peat becomes something completely different. If you can imagine the smells and flavors of fermenting malt, that combination of sour, sweet, and cooked grains, then combine those elements with scorched earth, heavy smoke, and burnt peat, then you'll begin to understand the power of this single bourbon cask of Ballechin. Now power that profile up to 55.8% and all that intensity gets dialed up a notch. What's ironic to me about this whisky is that it comes from one of Scotland's tiniest, daintiest, most manicured and fairy tale-esque distilleries. There's nothing dainty about this malt, however. (David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer)

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By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/19/2016 | Send Email
Big peat -- you'll smell it while pouring, let alone stuffing your nose in the glass. But then, something more subtle. Past the rush of alcohol, if you're drinking it neat, you'll find stone fruits and a field of grain -- beginning to dry under intense sunshine after a hard rain. The palate is spicy, full, and gripping. It's loaded with smoke, charred seaweed, and composting earth. But again, subtlety works its way through the story. The finish is long and pleasing, not overwhelming in the least. A very interesting and delicious whisky. Truly a unique gift for the Scotch drinker who has everything.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
I am very happy that we were able to purchase this cask from Edradour on this year's trip. It is flavorful, interesting and just plain fun to drink. There are nice fruit and smoke aromas. In the mouth it is a lusty gem with an interaction between expressive fruit and smoke with smooth and clean flavors. Very good.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
This is one of the most unique and interesting 10 year old Scotch whiskies I have tasted from anywhere in Scotland. A heavily peated Highland style that offers almost a char-grilled fruit note with layers of caramel and toffee. The big fruit with highlights of vanilla are bolstered by scorched earth and malty goodness. This is a super fun whisky that is a big boy, yet still balanced for all that and a different approach for those of us who love big peat and bold flavors.

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Alcohol Content (%): 55.8