Ballechin is the name Edradour gives its heavily peated spirit, and this release is their new standard expression bottled after 10 years of maturation. The peat character of this is remarkably Islay-like, with a rich earthy smoke, ginger spice, and amazingly even a hint of coastal, farmyard aromas.
Distilled using barley which has been infused with peat to a level not less than 50ppm. This bottling is predominantly from ex Bourbon casks with a generous top dressing of ex Oloroso Sherry casks, to create added depth and greater complexity. It has been bottled at 46%, without chillfiltration, to retain the true cask character.
The name Ballechin originates from a fellow Perthshire farm distillery, which sadly closed its doors in 1927. There, Alfred Barnard, who catalogued all the distilleries in the UK in the 1880?s, made reference to having experienced a peated whisky.
Intense smokiness on the nose – think smoky bacon, the addition of water releases more medicinal notes. Packs a robust, smoky punch on the palate & leaves a lingering smokiness in the finish.