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A must have LMDW“ Speyside and Highland peat generally results in very dry, even slightly bitter single malts. But Edradour’s very heavy distillate seems perfectly able to accommodate the ancient fossil. We believe the 10 Year Old Ballechin to be one of the rare few peaty whiskies that stands up to comparison with the very best Islays. Incredibly smoky, it possesses the softness of Islay malts and the rich, full-bodied style of its fellow Edradours. It has been our privilege to serve as the exclusive importer and distributor of Ballechin, Edradour and Signatory Vintage for the French market since 1988 - the date on which this cult bottler was founded.
Its predecessors left their mark on palates and minds with aged versions as diverse as they are original. Ballechin launches its first aged version: 10 years were required to bring this single malt to full maturity, boasting 50 ppm.
Style: Peaty and spicy. Nose: Spices and ripe fruits. A hint of peat. Palate: Fruity and tangy. Peppermint. Finish: Long and intense.
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When the distillery was bought in 2002, Andrew Symington called on the services of Iain Henderson, the former director of Laphroaig, for the creation of a second, very peaty malt. Given the name of Ballechin, this second single malt is created using malted barley at 50 ppm phenols, a rate comparable to those of the smokiest malts produced on Islay. Available since 2006, it is sold as a yearly vintage in limited runs of 6,000 bottles. Even more revolutionary than its older sibling, Ballechin is aged entirely in casks that have previously held wine from Burgundy and Madeira.
Since 2005, with the opening of the Kilchoman micro-distillery on the isle of Islay, Edradour is probably no longer the smallest distillery in Scotland. Tucked away on the edge of a small valley, among the hills over the town of Pitlochry, this distillery resembles a charming little village with its red shutters, landscaped garden and gently splashing stream. Purchased in 2002 by Andrew Symington, the founder of Signatory Vintage, Edradour has become more than just a tourist attraction. This distillery-farm concentrates all the operations involved in the production of whisky in a single room, from the mill to the still, which is the smallest size authorized by the British Customs and Excise department. Very traditional, Eradour receives 100,000 visitors a year, who are literally transported to the 19th century in this remarkable time capsule.
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