BALLECHIN 2010 Over 5 Years 9th Edition PEATY ARTIST #311 S.V 57,9%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 56551A

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With a phenol count of 50 ppm, the Ballechin single malt accounts for 5% of Edradour’s production. This absolutely incredible bottling wonderfully embodies the powerful yet unctuous style of a now essential single malt for fans of peated whiskies. Aged in a first fill bourbon cask, it passionately and naturally writes a new chapter in a history that began just 15 years ago and which is now rich in iconic bottlings, including the magnificent manzanilla, sherry and Caroni cask Ballechins selected by La Maison du Whisky.

on the initial nose, cut hay and white mint appear alongside a mineral, saline, camphoric and dry peat. Next, coconut milk and vanilla accompany aromatic plants (sage, rosemary). Very unlike the nose, the attack is acidic (citrus fruit zest). On the mid-palate, the peat is omnipresent. Overflowing with mineral salts, it is also chocolatey. Staying close to the grain, the finish admires barley being dried in a kiln. The retro-nasal olfaction is earthy, herbal (black tea) and medicinal (ointment). The empty glass is heady (violet).
Single Cask no. 311 – First Fill Bourbon
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  • Appearance : bright gold.
  • Nose : refined, balanced. Placed atop subtle notes of cut hay and white mint, a mineral (sleet), camphoric, saline and rather dry peat spreads across the surface of the aromatic palette. In the depths, coconut milk, vanilla and incense appear alongside sage and rosemary. Gradually, soot and smoke come to the front of the stage to play leading roles. Note that the nose has become increasingly gamy (bacon, smoked fish).
  • Palate : clear, lively. The attack is very unlike the nose and particularly dynamic (citrus fruit zest). Its acidic character is softened by bourbon vanilla and a fine layer of liquorice. On the mid-palate, peat knocks over everything in its path. Overflowing with mineral salts, it is also chocolatey. The consistency is also more oily than the nose might have implied. At the end of the palate, fresh fruits (pear, Mirabelle plum) refresh the palate at just the right moment.
  • Overall : long, generous. A perfect summary of the nose and palate, the start of the finish eloquently stages barley being dried in the kiln. Saturated by smoke, the very end of the palate strides towards an earthy, mineral (chalk), saline, herbal (black tea) and medicinal (ointment) retro-nasal olfaction. The empty glass is characterized by iodine tincture and heady florals (violet, lavender).
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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.

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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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Artist, Lands of Scotland, Malt Pedigree, Tartan, The Ten, Very Cloudy... all of these whisky ranges – composed of single malts and single grains – have one thing in common: they were all created by the team at La Maison du Whisky. They are the fruits of many decades of close collaboration with some of the most prestigious bottlers in Scotland. For some years the French importer and exclusive distributor of the classic ranges of well-known spirits producers, La Maison du Whisky was soon granted the very rare privilege of being able to complement these ranges with their own, bringing together two sets of expertise, two reputations and two complementary histories under one, single label.

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Baptised ‘Artist’, this new range makes no bones about proclaiming its identity. Cosmopolitan and contemporary, it draws its inspiration from the style that gave the Italian bottlings of the 60s and 70s their cult following. From the choice of whiskies (distillery, ageing process, age, strength, bottling procedure) to the design of the bottle and choice of label, every detail has been carefully considered. This range offers a fine presentation of both the whiskies and the artist whose works have been selected for the back labels.

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