Edradour distillery in Perthshire long enjoyed the status of Scotland's smallest legal distillery, a role now usurped by Loch Ewe (see January's Whisky of the Month). Established in 1825, near Pitlochry, Edradour is one of the last surviving 19th century, farm-based distilleries that were once so plentiful, and a staff of just three men produce enough whisky to fill a mere 12 casks per week. Annual output is around 95,000 litres.
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|Edradour, 10-Year-Old (Scotland) |
Since 2002, Edradour has been in the ownership of independent bottlers Signatory Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. Whereas, previously most of the make inexplicably disappeared into blending vats, Signatory supremo Andrew Symington understands what a jewel he has in his possession, and has released a variety of expressions, including some interesting finished versions and the heavily-peated Ballechin.
Most readily available, however, is the ‘house’ 10-year-old, which offers cider apples, malt, almonds, vanilla and honey on the nose, along with a hint of smoke and Sherry. The palate is rich, creamy and malty, with a persistent nuttiness and quite a pronounced kick of Sherry, which becomes pleasantly leathery with the addition of water. Spices and Sherry dominate the medium to long finish.
40.0% ABV, 70cl, £29.99, distillery website, specialist whisky merchants.