Appearance : orangey copper.
Nose : deep, rich. First, a balsamic (thuja, cedar) and vinous (straw wine) peat brings lots of charm to the nose. Therefore oxidative, it becomes increasingly oily and fatty. The very expressive aromatic palette evokes a rain-soaked field of peat. Gradually the marvellously unctuous, fruity (apricot) and floral (rose petal, peony) spirit of Ballechin reveals itself. Stunning.
Palate : rich, full. On the attack, the same apricot, accompanied by coconut and squares of dark chocolate literally seize the palate. It is important to note that the peat has dried, becoming salty and medicinal (arnica). Continuing the work of dehydration already begun, soot and ash now come to the fore of the flavour palette. The sensation of cigar smoke is just an illusion.
Overall : long, delicious. Equipped with a superb chocolate bitterness, the start of the finish is also herbaceous (gentian, agave) and rich (rum baba, coconut cake). At the very end of the palate, the peat is not only oily once again (smoked fish) but also animal (bresaola, bacon). On the retro-nasal olfaction, a very tasty and crisp malted barley takes us to a malting floor. The empty glass is characterized by notes of creosote, truffle and artichoke heart.