Ballechin 2004 Manzanilla Sherry Cask – BTC #04


I’ve skipped whisky #3 from the BTC because it was the Benromach Single Cask bottling for, something I’ve reviewed before and have an open bottle of at home, slightly embarrassing considering my guess was pretty far off. On to this one. I raved recently about a port cask matured Ballechin I got hold of and how I’m really taking a liking to the whisky despite not really being a fan of their unpeated label, Edradour, named for the distillery itself.

Once again a hard one, a somewhat lesser known whisky, and a single cask bottling for a specific market and matured in a cask that held an uncommon type of sherry. No complaints though, I really liked it.

First impressions: Dark colour, wine cask of some sort maybe. Not many bubbles but appears quite thick and oily. Smells like a peated laddie but with a bit of a twist.

Guess: Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01

Aged 12 years. 55.6% ABV. Matured in a Manzanilla sherry cask. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask #278.

Nose: Lactic caramel and grassy peat. Heather. Woodspice. Cherry cordial. Brass cleaner. Lavender.

Palate: Quite ashy for a PC. Smokey caramel. Farmy notes. Slight woody bitterness, allspice and nutmeg. Slightly medicinal.

Finish: Long. Lactic caramel, smoke, ash. Lots of woodspice and oak. Salted caramel. Light medicinal.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes


The lactic notes I found here kind of steered me in the wrong direction and then I kind of just went with it. This was a really nice dram though, the unusual peat notes and the sherry gave it quite a nice sweet yet salty and spicy profile. I really am fast becoming a Ballechin fan.


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