Ballechin 10 year old 70cl
The Ballechin 10 has been named after the silent Ballechin distillery located near the Edradour distillery. Releases under the Ballechin name from Edradour were previously presented as part of The Discovery Series, many of which were matured in different types of casks, including Sherry, bourbon and a selection of wine casks. Peated to at least 50ppm the Ballechin 10 year old has a notable smoky character. Ballechin has released a variety of different bottlings over the years, but this is the first ongoing release with an age statement.
Edradour distillery is located in Pitlochry. It was built on its current site in 1837 as a small farm distillery. The location has access to water, back roads and it is relatively hidden. Some people speculate that at least one of its founders was involved in illegal distillation prior to being granted a distilling license. The distillery remained more or less a family enterprise until 1933 when it was sold to whisky blenders William Witheley.
This company built a great business relationship in the US during the prohibition their 'King's Ransom' blend became a hit. Their appointed distributor was none other than legendary mobster Frank Costello. An associate of Costello's (Irving Haim) became the owner of Edradour distillery in 1938. Costello and his company focused entirely on the distribution of King's Ransom blended whisky. Haim remained the owner of the distillery until his passing in 1976.
The distillery was poorly maintained after Haim's death, it was acquired by Campbell Distillers (subsidiary of Pernod Ricard) in 1982. Under its new ownership the distillery released a single malt for the first time ever in 1986. When Pernod Ricard decided that the spirit produced by this tiny distillery was a surplus, it sold it to its current owners: independent bottlers Signatory Vintage. Edradour was Scotland's smallest distillery until 2005 when Kilchoman distillery opened up in Islay.
This distillery produces some 18 barrels each week and its flavour profile is influenced heavily by its tiny pot stills.