Edradour

United Kingdom, Scotland
As we have mentioned, this little, low-production distillery in the heart of Scotland has 30 different varieties. There is simply no way to describe them all here.

But would argue that their core offering is their straight-forward 10 YO single malt. On the downside is that this is offered at 40% ABV and is the only product they offer that is chill-filtered. But it is also aged in ex-Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry casks. It is also the easiest to get your hands on, so we will describe this as a representative sample.

The influence of the Sherry casks come immediately to the nose with sultana and almond. On the palate you should expect marzipan and spice cake with light maple and oak. The finish is soft and lildly spicy with a medium length.
Edradour Flavor Spiraltm
  • spicy
  • smoky
  • port
  • sherry
  • dried fruit
  • sweet
  • caramel
  • vanilla
  • honey
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In 1945, their King's Ransom blend was served at the Potsdam Conference, at the conclusion of World War II, attended by Churchill, Stalin and Truman.
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For a brief time in the 1930s, famous New York mobster Frank Costello -- leader of the Mofioso Luciano Crime Family -- managed to "convince" a few farmers to "sell" him their majority interest in the distillery.
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During World War II, many distilleries shut down, so Whisky was treated like currency. In 1941, at the height of the war, the SS Politician ran aground on the island of Eriskay in the Scottish Hebrides Islands.
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There were 20,000 cases of various Edradour Whisky on board, and the locals had picked the vessel dry before the salvage crews could arrive.

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Edradour sits in the central Highlands, just southeast of the town of Pitlochry, and about a half mile from the Blair Athol Distillery, off of route A9 directly on the Edradour Burn.

In the valleys and glens around the Edradour site, there were illegal distillers still a plenty. But the "official" location was founded in 1825 by a collection of local farmers, who banded together to form Glenforres on the site. In 1834, they sought permission to build new structures to house their expanding operation.

Permission was granted, and James Scott and Duncan Stewart became the official "tenants" of the Distillery. The name Edradour becomes attached to the project. By 1839, production had grown to 90,000 imperial gallons per year.

The farmer-owners of the cooperative traded positions a few times, until James Reid -- another local farmer -- took over the entire operation and got to work. New partners and players entered the business, but it was never sold off to the corporate giants of the day -- remaining a small and independent operation.

In 1933, William Whitley -- who was a customer of the distillery to support his private label blend -- made an offer and purchased the distillery. Then, in 1982, they succumbed to the temptation and sold out to Campbell Distillers -- a subsidiary of giant Pernod Ricard.

But a few years later, Andrew Symington managed to convince Pernod Ricard to sell it to him, making it a small, privately held distillery once again.

For years, Edradour has called themselves "The Smallest Distillery in Scotland" and for years that was true. Now, the upstart Strathearn is a bit smaller, but the fact remains that this is a VERY low production facility. Only eighteen casks are produced each week.

This is where things really get crazy... they have thirty different varieties of Whisky for sale. There are different agings, wood finishes, cask strengths, and even a few heavily peated expressions, just to keep it interesting.

Also, everything is aged and bottled right there on sight. With such a wide variety of offerings and the incredibly low production, it can be very hard to find their products retail, but it can be done.
Distillery info:
  • Country United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Region Highlands
  • Established 1825
  • Owner Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Company
  • Type Single malt
  • No. of stills 1 wash, 1 spirit
  • Status Active
  • Address Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross PH16 5JP, United Kingdom
  • Phone +44 1796 472095
  • Websitehttps://www.edradour.com
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