Edradour

   

Edradour distillery Is located close to Pitlochry in the Highland region and until very recent years laid claim to the smallest distillery in Scotland.

The Edradour name seems to have first been used in 1837 as the current distillery was founded, but a cooperative of Edradour farmers actually began production in 1825.

In 1841 the cooperative became John McGlashan & Co.

1886 saw the distillery purchased by William Whitely & Co. Ltd of JG. Turney & Sons, USA.

 
 

Edradour benefitted from the installation of electricity in 1947.

The distillery was sold to Campbell Distillers (Pernod Ricard) in 1982 and they built one of the first distillery visitor centres there.

In 2002 Edradour was purchased by Andrew Symington of Signatory who is the current owner.

 

 

 
 

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  Edradour (OB) General whisky characteristics: Syrup, toffee, leafy    
   

Edradour, (OB), 10y, 40% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Walnut

Nose: Clean and fresh, steadily developing a slightly rubbery leafiness.

Palate: Syrup and treacle toffee with a leafy finish.

Finish: Medium to long and fading gently.

Overall Impression: Quite rich with toffee and syrup. A very pleasant dram.

 

   
   

Edradour, Caledonia, 1997, 12y, 46% ABV

Single (Oloroso) Cask

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Dram-atics Advent-urous live review

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich gold, light amber

Nose: Oak, raisins, currants, a hint of sherry but with something slightly perfumed hiding deep in the background and being rather shy. This shy element fades as the minutes pass to leave rich dark fruits and oak.

Palate: Sherry, dark fruits and oak with a creamy mouth-feel.

Finish: Medium to long and fading gently.

Overall Impression: A rather decent Christmas dram, ideal as a partner to some good old (English) Christmas cake, perhaps with a wedge of cheese too.

 

   
   

Edradour, Port Cask, 2003, 46% ABV

10 casks, matured in Bodega Butts

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Copper tinted amber

Nose: Leafy, oaky baby vomit? This is very strange, slightly rancid with a touch of outdoors and countryside but also definite hints of furniture polish. Ahh yes, I know, it must be that the baby's thrown up all over the antique oak dining table, probably knocking over a glass of port on the way!

Palate: Smooth, creamy and filled with the fruits of a decent red wine. Red fruits, red wine and even a little mead in there somewhere.

Finish: Quite long and fruity with rich red berries and grapes.

Overall Impression: If you can get past that nose then the palate isn't half as bad. Peg your nose and it's quite enjoyable, but there's lots of influence from the port so don't expect a traditional whisky.

 

   
   

Edradour, Burgundy Cask, Dec. 2003 - Oct. 2010, 46% ABV

Batch No.1, matured solely in Burgundy Hogsheads, one of 2600 bottles

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Reviewed as part of MMA 2011

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich copper

Nose: Not exactly baby vomit, but this is certainly a little stale before cherries and hints of rosι wine appear after some minutes.

Palate: Very smooth mouth-feel and slightly winey in a leafy kind of way. Fruitiness care of red apples, cherries and some raspberry flavours.

Finish: Very long

Overall Impression: One for the wine finish or winey style whisky fans.

 

   
   

Edradour, Vintage 2003, Dec. 2003 - Oct. 2010, 57.4% ABV

Second Release, one of 1820 decanters

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€ to €€€€€

Reviewed as part of MMA 2011

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Extremely pale, almost water

Nose: Very subdued with extremely faint cloves, in fact just the tiniest suggestion of them before an equally faint perfumed character appears. But the emphasis is always on subdued.

Palate: Creamy with very lightly peppery peach, apricot, juniper and almost aniseed. Much more character than the nose offered.

Finish: Long and lightly perfumed faint white pepperiness

Overall Impression: A light and interesting, quite good whisky.

 

   

 

  Straight from the Cask      
   

Edradour, Bordeaux finish, 11y, 57.5% ABV

SftC series, first edition

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich gold, light amber

Nose: Lots of alcohol, some rubber, malt and creamy toffee.

Palate: Initially creamy, but lots of alcohol burn and some sweet toffee.

With 3 drops of water: Toffee, rich candy floss, but still lots of alcohol.

3 More drops of water: Getting smoother, still toffee but now also a slight leafiness with hints of red wine at the end.

3 More drops of water: A little more fresh rubber on the nose, smooth sweet leafiness and faint rubber on the palate with a touch of red wine.

Finish: Long leafy rubber with red wine.

Overall Impression: Is this another Autumnal dram? Leafiness, slight rubber and a touch of red wine. It's rich, it certainly needs water and overall, it's not a great, but it's really not bad.

 

     
   

Edradour, Bordeaux finish, 1998, 11y, 56.4% ABV

Distilled 14.9.98 until 2.5.07, then Bordeaux Hogshead until 15.6.2010

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Dram-atics Advent-urous live review

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Coppery gold, which means this whisky is already suggesting some wine influence

Nose: The wine influence continues sligthly on the nose with hints of fruit and cloves over hints of wood. The wooden aromas include polish but are interrupted by fruit which is both rich and slightly intrusive.

Palate: Lots of red wine, black cherries, red grapes, brambles and again a woodiness which at one point appears slightly smoky, or scorched.

4 Drops of water: bring out even more fruitiness on the nose whilst the palate gains a little more wood, wax polish and pepper right on the front of the palate.

A further 4 drops of water: turn the nose back to lightly aromatic, toasted oak which is also quite accurate of the palate, although there is still a slight (red) fruitiness.

Finish: Always long, slightly peppery and with fruity smoke right at the end.

Overall Impression: Interesting, in a way as I struggle to conclude this one I am suddenly reminded of a not too sweet or sticky, but slightly spiced strong mead. It's definitely quite heavy on the Bordeaux elements.

 

   
   

Edradour, Port Wood, 1997, 55.8% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Dram-atics Advent-urous live review

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Once again this shouts "red wine" as it exhibits an unmistakable hue which is almost akin to a rich rosι wine.

Nose: Extremely pleasant with slightly fresh oak, red berries, perhaps a touch of leather and also even a dash of boot polish on that leather.

Palate: The first sensation is fresh oak but with a suggestion of wild strawberries. This soon expands with a peppery tingle as it requests a drop or two of water.

With 4 drops of water: the nose has lots more wood plus a hint of blackcurrant and vanilla ice cream, whilst the palate is smoother and more creamy.

A further 4 drops of water: expand the fruitiness and I'm convinced of the blackberry and vanilla ice cream, maybe what as a child I would have called 'blackberry ripple' ice.

Finish: Very long, repetitive and really quite fruity, especially at the end.

Overall Impression: I felt yesterdays Bordeaux finish was just too much for the whisky, perhaps overpowering it a little too much, but not so today. The port wine has had an influence, but it's much more of a matched pair and better balanced. I like this one.

 

   
   

Edradour, Sassicaia, 11y, 1998, 56.9% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Dram-atics Advent-urous live review

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich gold or very light amber

Nose: Gentle nuts, fruit, sweet wood and a faint hint of digestive biscuit in the background.

Palate: Begins with smooth rich fruit and then expands to include some pepperiness thanks to the high abv, although the mouth-feel remains very creamy. I also detect some vanilla, perhaps even custard leading into the finish.

4 Drops of water: Increase the wood on the nose and introduce just the slightest hint of roast lamb! The palate gains a little more pepper and increases the fruitiness to a point of offering stewed fruits (apple, raspberry, mango, blackberry) alongside the custard.

A further 4 drops of water: Just mellow the nose a little more, whilst softening the palate. This is enough water, no more is needed.

Finish: Long, slightly longer and more peppery with each addition of water.

Overall Impression: Is it me, or are these Edradour wine finishes getting better each day? This is definitely my preferred one so far in this series.

 

   
   

Edradour, Sauternes, 10y, 1999, 57.6% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Dram-atics Advent-urous live review

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Pale yellow gold

Nose: Initially sweet vanilla and green grapes, followed closely by a hint of polished wood and a touch of ripe pear.

Palate: Is immediately hit with a burst of peppery vanilla along with green apples and pears, but the pepperiness remains quite intrusive, indicating a need for water. Well, it is getting on for 60% abv.

With 4 drops of water: the nose is now almost exclusively freshly cut wood with just a touch of pear and grape, whilst the palate has even more pepper alongside the wood and fruit.

A further 4 drops of water: just weaken the woodiness on the nose and create a more creamy, less peppery palate with some richer fruit leading the way into the long finish.

A final addition of water: produces an even more creamy palate, although the finish actually grows in pepperiness as it progresses.

Finish: Long and peppery, even longer and more peppery with water.

Overall Impression: This is again not a bad Edradour wine finish and very different to the previous 'red wines' that I've tried this week. But I think I still prefer the Sassicaia over this one, just.

 

   

 

   

Edradour, 10y, 1970's Ceramic Decanter

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€ (now a collectible)

Dram-atics live review

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich dark oak

Nose: Freshly-polished finest oak with malty overtones alongside butterscotch and creamy toffee. After some minutes there's even a suggestion of smokiness in the wood. This is very aromatic and maybe even just a touch medicinal.

Palate: Smooth and rounded with everything promised by that wonderful nose.

Finish: Long and fruity with touches of black pepper.

Overall Impression: Extremely civilised, they don't make them like this any more.

 

   

 

 

 

Ballechin

Peated whisky from Edradour

 
   

Ballechin, 46% ABV

#6 Bourbon Cask matured

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Reviewed as part of MMA 2011

 
 

Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Pale opaque yellow

Nose: Lots of initial character with a near-explosion of gentle peaty smoke and background fruitiness. Glowing and warming peat just expands with further time.

Palate: Slightly thin mouth-feel, but that peat still manages to shine through with its background fruitiness.

Finish: Long and lingering peaty smoke

Overall Impression: Far from a peat monster, but make no mistake this really is an excellent whisky with plenty of peaty character.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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