Since its acquisition by independent bottler Signatory in 2002, the picture-postcard Perthshire distillery of Edradour has undergone something of a transformation, with the creation of a bottling hall, where all of Signatory's bottling now takes place, along with that of the Edradour make. Visitor facilities have been significantly enhanced, and most recently, a four-section warehouse has been constructed, capable of holding more than 8,000 casks. Remarkably, all of this has been achieved without detracting from the authenticity and beauty of this historic 'farm' distillery and its stunning setting.
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|Edradour, Caledonia 12-Year-Old (Scotland) |
Edradour has been notable for developing a vigorous programme of releases, offering single cask and finished whiskies, not to mention heavily peated spirit, marketed under the Ballechin name. One of its most recent releases is an addition to the core range, namely Edradour Caledonia, originally developed in association with local singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean during the 2009 Homecoming Scotland celebrations.
The first Caledonia bottling was a single cask, selected by MacLean, but its enthusiastic reception led to the whisky’s adoption on a permanent basis. It is 12 years old and has spent the last four years of its maturation in Oloroso Sherry casks. The result is a whisky with a plump, fruity nose, featuring figs, sultanas and a hint of cloves. The addition of water gives the nose higher, more citric fruit notes. Rich and full-bodied in the mouth, nutty and orangey, with plenty of attractive spice and a slowly drying, well balanced finish. The addition of water rounds out the palate beautifully, making for a robust, yet eminently drinkable, Sherried dram.
46.0% ABV, 70cl, £38.00, specialist whisky merchants.