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Edradour Ballechin 10 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

Edradour Ballechin 10 Year Old

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Ballechin 10 Year Old Bottling Note

This is the core expression of 10 year old Ballechin single malt Scotch whisky, which is heavily peated whisky from Edradour. It has been named for the silent Ballechin distillery near the Edradour distillery. Releases under the Ballechin name from Edradour were previously presented as part of The Discovery Series, many of which were matured in different types of casks, including Sherry, bourbon and a selection of wine casks. This 10 year old expression, however, comes from a combination of ex-Oloroso Sherry and ex-bourbon casks.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Oily malt, whiffs of burnt ends and BBQ char, a few touches of apple and fig.

Palate: Chewy dates and oak, with smouldering peat bringing spicy heat to the palate.

Finish: A hint of ash sticks around on the finish.

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Edradour Ballechin 10 Year Old Reviews

Wonderful and uncommon

This has got to be one of the smoothest, yet pretty peaty whiskies around. It is a beautiful dram which I was so happy I was able to try. I purchased it as a present for my father who loves a peaty whisky - our favorite was a Lagavulin, but Ballechin has taken its place. It is smooth and peaty, and the peat lingers. It has a stormy attribute, and it is a beautiful nightcap.

20th August 2020


Quite heavy smoke and tar taste, round and balanced. I save it for the cold winter days with lots of stormy wind from the North-West (Scotland direction :-) ) and eat it with Chocolat Stella coconut nectar

8th March 2020

Great find

A great find on my quest of tasting peated whisky outside of Islay. Very smooth but wish the finish was longer. I wouldn't say it was heavily peated. The peat was balanced unlike the Balvenie's 'Peat Week' offering. Nice!

31st December 2019

Thanksgiving dram

Happy Thanksgiving everyone ! Figured I'd go ahead and drink a hefty dram of this fine whisky as my digestif for the evening and I must say this is a good way to wash down that turkey. This is a very rare whisky here in California and in fact this is the only bottle I have ever seen of this particular single malt so I had to buy it even though I am pretty sure I overpaid for it. It definitely has that sweet , creamy rum/sherry character of Edradour and the peat seems to work surprisingly well with it kind of a creamy/smoky whisky, almost mocha like.I wouldn't buy it again for $90 but if I saw it a bit cheaper I probably would it's excellent stuff like anything from Edradour. Cheers! The Sugarbear

23rd November 2018


Very disappointed in this malt. Was hoping for a more sophisticated product from Edradour. This tastes more like Bell's or Grouse blend.

13th October 2018

Wonderful whiskey from a wonderful distillery.

Beautiful nose of smoke and peat with some vanilla and almonds. Oily mouth feel with a smooth finish. Warmth without the burn of alcohol. It’s up there with Talisker & Lagavulin 16.

5th July 2018

Really Nice Dessert Whiskey

Dark notes of toffee and chocolate works really well with some peatiness. I wouldn't call this heavily peated though, and that's what i like about this, too much smokiness would have destroyed those dark notes.

12th May 2018

Just enough peat to get you started

Before the evening gets on and I move to my more heavily peated Islay’s, I find Ballechin to be the perfect stepping stone.

I think others have described it well as not complex and not preten tious just the right peatiness to get you in the mood.

20th December 2017

Lingering smoke

Good for a wee bit of a change to the Islay peat monsters. Lingering sweet vanilla smoke with a touch of fudge. Not complex but still a tasty glass.

6th March 2017

Intense, not complex

Smokey and sweet. I love it.

22nd December 2016

Ardbeg 10 pretender.

If you are looking for an islay alternative, a 'peated highlander', or perhaps something like Benriach Septimus (peated speyside, and in my opinion the best) unfortunately what is actually in the bottle is near-as-dammit Ardbeg 10. Which is fine if ALL you look for is peat, but there is no subtlety, nothing to balance the peat - so what's the point? might as well stick your head over a bonfire.

I would advise paying a bit more and getting Lagavulin 16, or the Benriach peated 17.

27th November 2016

Just perfect!

For the price you get exactly what they promise. Excellent balance between peat and salty sea waves.
With water you get notes of almond and peach. I put this whisky between Ardbeg 10 and Ledaig 10.
More peat than Ardbeg and less salt than Ledaig.
This has become my everyday drum along with Ardbeg 10 and Rock Oyster. No need to say that if you don't like peat you should go for the Edradour. Much more intense than Laga in peat. Compared to Laphroaig you get less smoke.
Give it a try.

14th November 2016


Nice! Very smoky and sweet.

19th November 2015

Ballechin 10 Years

We find it smooth and little smoked (beetween Lagavulin and Talisker)
Splendid single malt

19th October 2015

Smoky, sweet and herbal

On the nose; its the smoke that hits you first. And its big! Also sweet and quite herbal. I get sugar-covered almonds and basil. Grass in the rain! Rich, oily (even a bit buttery half-way down the bottle). On the tounge; heavy smoke! And then more smoke! Soon after, the sweetness rolls in and the green notes takes hold. It's like a sugar-coated lawn sprinkled with almonds. Just add some marzipan and a little pepper! I think I've tasted some really fine tequila that almost measures up to this? The balance is quite superb. Finish; sweet and smoky, without being "peaty" at all. This malt does not ship me off to sea! The oak is pushing its way through now and I get white pepper and smoked ham, alongside basil and thyme. A moderate bitterness at a medium length. Nice smoky whisky from Edradour, and a good ten year old standard! /Norrlandwhisky

1st June 2015

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