New BALLECHIN 12 ans 2007 Jamaican Rum Cask Finish

BALLECHIN 12 ans 2007 Jamaican Rum Cask Finish 59,6%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 56772

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In 2016, to celebrate its 60th anniversary, La Maison du Whisky selected two Ballechins finished in ex-rum casks from the legendary Caroni distillery, which closed in 2002. For our 2020 Creation Catalogue, we are offering the chance to discover a bottling finished in an ex-rum casks from the Jamaican distillery Worthy Park, which is following hot on the tails of its predecessors. It is a truly magnificent bottling, made up of two very different sequences. The first comprises the nose and palate, which see peat and sugar cane rival each other in intensity with profound intelligence. The second appears on the finish, which pays tribute to the remarkable Ballechin spirit.

the opulent first nose is medicinal (ointment), syrupy (cane sugar), peaty and phenolic. Allowed to breathe, strong spices (black pepper), soot and whole blocks of peat invade the taste buds. The unctuous attack highlights the Worthy Park rum’s influence, and is exotic (pineapple) and honeyed. Gradually, rich peat gains the upper hand and becomes increasingly medicinal and empyreumatic (tar). The start of the finishes reproduces the energetic character of the Ballechin spirit. A fine layer of ash covers the entire palate. 
Single Cask no. 904 – Worthy Park Finish
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  • Appearance : lemon yellow.
  • Nose : rich, opulent. The very medicinal (ointment, camphor), syrupy (cane sugar), peaty and phenolic first nose is incredibly deep. Allowed to breathe, strong spices (black pepper, nutmeg, ginger), soot and whole blocks of oily, salty peat literally invade the taste buds. Gradually, lemon zest digs an acidic furrow through this thick earthy layer. Next, floral fragrances (lily, violet) punctuate an aromatic palette that is as wide as it is deep.
  • Palate : lively yet creamy. On the attack, the Worthy Park rum’s influence brings out notes of sugar cane, wildflower honey and exotic fruit (pineapple, banana). On the mid-palate, damp, salty peat takes the reins. Gradually, this develops a more medicinal (mustard poultice) and empyreumatic (tar, sleet) register. There is perfect balance between the barley’s vegetal flavours, the peat’s earthy flavours and the rum’s sweet flavours.
  • Overall : long, dense. The start of the finish reproduces all of the energy of the Ballechin spirit. Suffice it to say, right at this moment, peat gains the upper hand. It is sooty, then vegetal (mushroom), herbaceous (sage), rustic (dandelion), delicately chocolatey and medicinal (camphor). On the retro-nasal olfaction, a fine layer of ash covers the entire palate as a handful of fruits (Golden Delicious apple, Mirabelle plum) bring a certain richness. The empty glass acts in harmony with the medicinal, mineral, peaty and meaty (bacon) end of the palate.
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The brand

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.

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The distillery

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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Although the independent bottler Signatory Vintage cannot claim to be one of the oldest in Scotland, it has managed to build up an extremely solid reputation amongst the great malt connoisseurs. The creator of the famous range The Prestonfield and many other well-known ranges, it is best known for its un-chillfiltered and cask strength bottlings that offer amateurs the chance to enjoy their whisky in its most natural form. It was also one of the first independent bottlers to acquire a distillery and now offers a growing number of expressions of one of the most artisan single malts available.

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