Appearance : orangey copper.
Nose : full, powerful. The particularly peppery first nose stages a very elegant floral (purple lilac, lavender), fruity (orange zest), honeyed (acacia, heather) and apricot peat. Allowed to breathe, it becomes chocolatey, iodine, salty and camphoric. Further on still, aromas of spice, wheat and ripe fruit (Mirabelle plum, Kirsch) appear alongside burnt rubber and cocoa bean. Outstanding.
Palate : lively, dynamic. A blend of gooseberry and Mirabelle plum, the attack hovers over peat fields that crash into a turbulent sea. This strong imagery is bathed in a radiant and yet cloudy light. On the mid-palate, lava ash showers the palate and citrus fruit zests (lemon, orange, grapefruit). At the end of the palate, black fruits (bramble, blueberry) showcase the Burgundy cask finish.
Overall : long, taut. Exceptionally creamy, chocolate and earthy, the start of the finish reveals impressive power. Ballechin has taken the upper hand over Caol Ila. An oily, rich, milky, floral (lilac) and fruity (strawberry) peat underscores the nobility of a finish that is also deliciously peppery. At the very end of the palate, slices of bacon and bresaola add an animal touch to the flavour palette. The exotic retro-nasal olfaction is dominated by notes of flambéed banana and mango. The empty glass is earthy, rooty (gentian), vegetal (agave) and ashy.
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