Edradour is perhaps best known as one of Scotland's smallest distilleries, producing a mere 90,000 litres per annum with a work force of just three. Established in 1825 in the hills of Pitlochry, Edradour (pronounced "EDD-ra-DOWer") maintains its heritage as an almost artisanal distillery. The heart of the range, a ten-year old, exhibits an unconventional charm, uncharacteristic of a highland single malt.
Edradour was acquired in 1982 by drinks giant Pernod Ricard. Following the acquisition, three quarters of the distillery's yield was initially used in the production of blended whiskies, notably including "House of Lords" and the auspiciously named "King's Ransom". It was not until Signatory acquired the distillery in 2002, that Edradour concentrated its efforts, almost solely, on producing single malts.
Signatory moved its base of operations to Edradour after building a bottling plant and warehouse at the site.
The 10yo Edradour spent a decade ageing in a combination of Oloroso sherry and bourbon casks. This is one sherry monster and we love it.
Nose: Medium, great complexity. Thoroughly fruity, sherry, sweetness, alluring vanilla.
Palate: Cloying, seductive murkiness. Rum, barley, toasted almonds. Some may find themselves lost in the melee, but with a little patience this really delivers.
Finish: Any confusion is arrested: spiced fruitcake with creme anglaise.