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2010 Edradour Ballechin Straight from the Cask 10 Year Old Oloroso Cask Matured Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (500ml)
The big smoke'n'sherry theme continues with No.201, another oloroso cask, this time yielding 893 bottles at 60.1% Alc./Vol. We have less of this than any other Ballechin right now. Judging by a blogger's post on whiskybase.com below, the quality is very high, but you will need patience for the sherry to fully shine, otherwise, it's "...a standout".
Other reviews... First impressions were only of peat and smoky pork. It took quite a while to get beyond that wall of scent, but behind it, there was earthy tea and a floral tartness. Over time the pork cure got sweeter and sweeter. That was a theme accross the board: the sweetness being initially very shy and peripheral and increasing in confidence and complexity. The palate started off on the short side, with only the honeyed peat briefly showing before salty spice and the transition to the finish. Still, it was enjoyable with a dense thickness, heft and dark malted breadiness. When it opened up, it was was like it recieved an upgrade patch. Right after the honey peat, it then Introduced stewed, dark fruit and chocolate that behaved like it has been there the whole time, nonchalantly becoming the bulk of the midsection. The finish wasn't altered so much, being mostly fully formed from the get go. The black currants from earlier were the major change to it, as it brought more sweetness to the slow burn of various pepper-corns. This was a standout whisky that assembled a complex range of delicious textures and tones and arranged them artfully. - whiskybase.com