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BALLECHIN #8 Sauternes Cask Matured

Single Malt, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 17850

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  • Fruity
  • Spicy
  • Floral
  • Iodized
  • Peated
  • Woody
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Expert Reviews

83 points, Serge Valentin sur, 8 avril 2014

Tasting note

  • Appearance : vieil or.
  • Nose : ample, riche. La liqueur du vin de Sauternes et la puissance de la tourbe semblent prendre des chemins différents avec d’un côté des fruits exotiques (ananas, mangue), des agrumes (citron), des fèves de cacao et du miel et de l’autre des fonds d’artichaut, une terre grasse, du goudron et de l’herbe fraîchement coupée. Loin d’être dissocié, le nez est au contraire particulièrement harmonieux (mirabelle, crustacés).
  • Palate : fine, délicate. La peau de ses fruits a été retirée pour mieux nous faire apprécier leur caractère charnu et sensuel. Leur jus diffuse une fraîcheur balsamique et mentholée sur le palais. Peu après, la tourbe, le sel et la fumée arrivent en point d’orgue. Toutes ces notes ajoutent de la luxuriance à une bouche déjà très ciselée. La qualité du distillat transpire à chaque instant.
  • Overall : longue, dynamique. Le paysage qu’elle nous invite à regarder est verdoyant et parsemé de bosquets. L’orge tourbée et les raisins de sémillon se sont mariés pour le meilleur. La rétro olfaction est citronnée et le verre vide est épicé (safran) et fruité (melon). Bien plus tard, une fine note de miel vient s’assembler avec une fumée vaporeuse et aérienne.
The brand

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.

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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