​​​​​​​Ballechin 2005


DramCatcher paid a visit to Signatory in Pitlochry in early 2022 and could draw various cask samples, including this 16 year old Ballechin matured in a 2nd Fill Sherry Hogshead. We were blown away and had the entire cask bottled exclusively for us.

Originally, Ballechin was a distillery nearby today's Edradour distillery, founded 1810 and closed in 1927. To commemorate that former distillery, Edradour releases its peated whisky variants under the brand "Ballechin". The whisky is heavily peated with approx. 50ppm.

Thanks to the maturation in a 2nd fill sherry cask, the sherry aromas are by no means over-dominating, but rather elegantly woven into the peaty profile of this whisky. This Ballechin presents itself as a very powerful, multi-layered and well balanced dram. It would easily pass as a Port Charlotte in any blind tasting.

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Tasting notes from Whisky-news.com

A tasting video by Whiskynotes CS can be found on YouTube: 


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Our personal tasting notes:


Colour: Mahogany.

Nose: Heavenly balanced sherry tones, toffee tablets, hints of leather and some smoked ham, uprising peat smoke.

Mouth: A powerhouse! The peat is very present now, mocca, dark berries (blackberry?), earthy notes, nice oloroso sweetness; luscious and opulent mouth feeling.

Finish: Long, warming, dark chocolate, beautifully integrated peat smoke lingering on the tongue endlessly.

Verdict: Peaty rollercoaster.


Glenrothes 1997


This Scottish Single Malt was distilled in 1997, at Glenrothes in the small town Rothes in the Speyside region. Matured in a hogshead and bottled after more than 23 years, this whisky with its fruitiness and marzipan sweetness leaves a deep impression.

Glenrothes distillery, founded in 1879, has 20 wash backs made both from wood and stainless steel, as well as 10 stills. The distillery is owned by the Edrington Group (like The Macallan and Highland Park). Glenrothes malt is highly sought-after by blenders and it is, for instance, a leading malt of the blends "Cutty Sark" and "Famous Grouse".

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Our personal tasting notes:


Colour: Straw in the morning sun.

Nose: Marzipan à discretion, gummi bears, bubble gum, whiff of flower meadow.

Mouth: Marzipan-mania, a lot of sweetness coated with exotic herbs and white chocolate, full of character.

Finish: Long and lingering, crème brulée, herbs, pepper, anise, etc.

Verdict: A highly harmonious, elegant and multi-layered malt. Excellent representative of this esteemed distillery, and definitively worth a try.


​​​​​​​Secret Islay 2011


This Islay single malt matured in a port barrique since 2011. It was distilled on the south coast of Islay, at Laphroaig distillery as rumor has it. The Port influence on this distillate is just right, it is well embedded and blends delightfully with the peaty medical profile of this Islay whisky.

The 1815 founded distillery lies on a small idyllic bay and operates warehouses right on the shore. The salty sea breeze significantly contributes to the typical style of the Laphroaig whiskies.

More info on WhiskyBase.com

Tasting notes from Whisky-news.com

A tasting video by Whiskynotes CS can be found on YouTube:
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Our personal tasting notes:


Colour: Copper coin in the sunset.

Nose: Gentle sweet smoke, dried plums, figs, and dates. Grilled Cervelat (traditional Swiss sausage) and BBQ beacon. Tobacco and some dark chocolate. Very exciting and promising.

Mouth: Port-sweetness covered by peat and some salty ocean gust. Maple syrup. Bonfire with barbecue meat and dates wrapped in beacon. Some herbs lingering in the background. A lot of "oomph"!

Finish: Long and keeps going. Salty, medicinal, maybe a bit earthy too. Gentle smoke on dried plums and dates.

Verdict: Perfect combination of mild smoke and delicate sweet port, very nicely integrated and married. A lot of power. A dram for Lucky Luke after a BBQ in the prairie!