A fascinating curiosity, this is a heavily peated highland whisky. Ballechin is produced by Edradour, who are more known for their honeyed, light, appley eponymous line of whisky. Ballechin, by comparison, is an oilier, heavier malt with fantastic rugged peat smoke and herbaceous notes. Ballechin was originally presented in a line called the “Discovery Series”, which placed the emphasis on a variety of different wine, sherry and bourbon casks. Considering that Edradour is one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, with a production staff of just three, and a weekly capacity of 12 barrels, this sort of experimentation is delightful to see. This slightly older regular-release Ballechin is a sumptuous vatting of whisky from former sherry and bourbon casks, with sherry adding notes of dried fruit, and bourbon adding a tangy sweetness to the peaty heart of this malt.