A 2004 17 year old Ballechin, matured full term in a refill fino sherry butt with an outturn of 623 bottles at a natural cask strength of 55.5%.
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This one shows huge influence from the ex-fino butt, immensely salty, leathery and full of cured meats, tar and iodine. Heady and dizzyingly intense whisky.
Nose: Sweet, nutty, slightly saline – so far so fino. Strawberry shrimps, bootlaces and Nesquik milkshake (pink naturally) sit with a subsumed smoke that derives from air-dried meats and tanned leather. Himalayan (pink – lets keen on theme here) rock salt adds seasoning. Entirely pleasant, but fairly narrow in focus. Dilution expresses nut loaf, salted peanuts, wire wool and ozone – not better, just different.
Taste: Here it is. An eruption of sweet, bituminous and voluminous smoke – that was largely masked by the fino on the nose. A punchy delivery of reduced red and black berry jams, leather sofas and roasted cashew nuts, alongside road surfacing, Serrano ham, a selection of medicinal wipes and a Salt Bae arm luge of sodium chloride. The addition of water reveals pickle juice alongside salted chips and a teaspoon of slightly metallic Andrews Liver Salts.
Finish: Long, meaty, washed with iodine and still rather salty.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|Cask||Refill Fino Sherry Butt|
|ABV / Volume||55.5%/ 70cl|