Edradour Ballechin 10yr Single Malt Whisky
Edradour is the smallest distillery in Scotland, located in the Highlands, and known mostly for their traditional unpeated Highland expression that was used in blends until 1982. They still utilize worm tub condensers and are known for a robust and fruity new make spirit. But, starting in 2002, they have made a limited peaty released called Ballechin. Highland peat takes on more forest floor and fruitiness than briny Islay peat. Ballechin is peated to 50ppm.
The whiskey uses ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks. The latter gives it a special depth and greater complexity. Bottled at 46% alcohol without cold filtration, it preserves its true cask character.
As a result, Ballechin 10 YO presents itself as smoky with aromas of dark fruits, herbs and sweetness. The dominant smoke is accompanied by notes of caramel, chocolate and delicate vanilla. Powerful oak accents resonate before the finish with heavy peat smoke slowly passes.