Old Ballantruan 10 years Single Malt

4.00 out of 5
(1 customer review)

 49,00

 70,00 / l

Unique Single Malt with a genle peaty smokines, equipoised with a sweet, creamy, malty backbone. Fruity sweetness at the beginning with a hint of vanilla notes, which shine through the harsh wood tones. A pinch of black pepper, dark caramel and a fine grapefruit aroma end in a long warming finish.

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Old Ballantruan 10 years Single Malt

The smoky taste of some whiskeys arises when the producers roast their barley over peat fire. The peat comes for the most part from the high bogs of Scotland. The drying process of the barley later influences the taste and aroma of the distillate. The preparation of this first act of “whiskey production” can be seen on the beautiful dark bottle of Old Ballantruan 10 years Single Malt. Workers, harvesting peat at sunset, give a good indication of the flavor of this noble single malt.

The whiskys from Islay Island are generally known to be very peaty, but for a Speyside Whisky, this is rather unusual. So, here we are, a very successful peaty dram from the Speyside, at the edge of the Scottish Highlands.  Old Ballantruan is produced in the Tomintoul distillery and owes his name to the spring Ballantruan in the Cromdale Hills, near to the village Tomintoul, maybe also to indicate that they dont get their precious water out of the near River Avon, but from their own spring. Tomintoul means “hill with barns” and describes impressively the lovely area, in which this noble drop is produced.

The distillery has four stills that can produce up to 3.2 million liters of alcohol per year. There are different bottlings without age on the market, which (in my opinion) are partially lacking in maturity. The 10-year-old has the right age to present – in addition to the smokey note – a bouquet of further interesting flavors.

Earthy peat smoke mixes at the first sip with spicy and tart wood elements. Immediately follows a fruity sweetness with a hint of vanilla notes, which shine through the harsh wood tones. A pinch of black pepper spreads creamy on the tongue and makes the palate glow. Dark caramel and a fine grapefruit aroma end in a long finish with pleasant smoky tones and a warming hint of walnut.

Have also a look at our tasting videos and enjoy the background articles in our blog “All about Whisky”.

Type:      Single Malt Whisky

Nose:     Slightly spicy, sweet and creamy

Palate:   Mild peat smoke, sweet, creamy and slightly malty

Finish:   Sweet, with delicious peat smoke

Additional information

Weight 1.4 kg
Dimensions 9 × 9 × 33.5 cm
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Product Origin

Old Ballantruan Whisky Co., Ballindalloch, Banffshire, AB37 9AQ, Scotland, Great Britain

Maturation casks

Whisky Type

Food additives

contains caramel coloring

1 review for Old Ballantruan 10 years Single Malt

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Surprisingly smooth and ballanced for a 10 year old one. It has a special strong, but wonderful creamy peat aroma, which is going perfectly with the peppry spicy wood notes. The bottle was not lasting very long… seems I have to get anotherone. 😉

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