Tasting Notes for Ballechin - 10 Year Old (2010) Signatory Vintage
Nose: The sherry influence is evident, followed by blood orange, black fruits, rancio and chocolate.
Taste: Fruity and malty, candied citrus, nuts, fruit jam and spices.
Finish: Coffee and tobacco fading to dried fruits.
Made from carefully selected sherry casks, Ballechin 10 Years 2010 Signatory Vintage is bottled in the “The Un-Chillfiltered Collection” range, giving consumers a richer flavour profile. Ballechin 2010 Signatory Vintage perfectly embodies the both powerful and creamy style of this single malt that has become a must-have for lovers of peated whiskeys. Aged in a second fill sherry cask, this version is a concentrate of black fruits, chocolate notes, ash and spices.
With a phenol content of 50 ppm, Ballechin single malt represents 5% of the production of the Edradour distillery, one of Scotland's smallest distilleries - and is hand made today as it was over 150 years ago by just three men who are devoted to the time-honoured methods of whisky making. Indeed equipment used at the distillery has remained unchanged since the day the distillery opened and is only just capable of producing commercial quantities. Only 12 casks of whisky are produced a week, making Edradour single malt a rare pleasure for a fortunate few.
Highland malts enjoy a unique depth of flavour and quality that's the result of a fine blend of altitude and mountain water. For many connoisseurs, with its exquisitely smooth and creamy texture, with just a hint of smokiness, Edradour is the jewel in the Highland crown.
Signatory was founded in 1988 by Andrew and Brian Symington and is best known for their Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky independent bottlings including their Cask Strength and Un-Chill Filtered collections. The name ‘Signatory’ was derived from the initial intention to find a person of suitable standing to sign the labels for bottles drawn from a single cask. The first cask bottled was a 1968 Glenlivet which quickly sold, though long before any suitable signee could be found. With the initial plan to have all their bottles signed by the great and the good long since abandoned, Signatory went on to become one of the largest and most respected independent whisky bottlers.
Signatory currently bottle at three strengths: 43%, 46% Un-chill filtered (UCF) and Cask Strength. To add proof of authenticity to their cask strength bottlings, Signatory always include the cask numbers, date of distillation, date of bottling and number of bottles produced. Signatory Vintage’s aim is to offer as wide a range of whiskies as possible, some of which are not even bottled by the proprietary distillery. This allows malt enthusiast to sample the huge variety of subtle differences which occur between casks.
Producer Edradour Distillery for Signatory Vintage Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky Age 10 Years Volume 70CL ABV 46%