SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY // HIGHLANDS, SCOTLAND
Edradour is Scotland’s smallest single malt whisky distillery and produces just 90,000 litres of whisky each year. Located in Pitlochry in the Central Highlands, everything is housed in its original farm buildings and little has changed since it was founded in 1825.
All distilling equipment (a mash tun, two washbacks and a pair of oddly shaped stills) are crammed into one room and traditional methods with no automation produces all of the whisky. The name of Edradour is thought to derive from the Gaelic ‘Edred dobhar’ meaning ‘the stream of King Edred’.
Edradour has a cult following around the world and many say that you either love it or hate it. The colour is a dull gold and the nose is pungent, with a combination of dried fruits (think of sultanas), some sweetness (imagine slightly burnt caramel) and nuts (especially almonds).
There is also a slightly odd aroma that is something like match heads that have just been struck. On the palate, this feels thick and oily almost syrupy with a sort of malty, grainy yeastiness that gives a creamy flavour and feel, with the dried fruits, nuttiness and sweetness from the nose battling with a pronounced smokiness.
This has a similar sulphuric quality as the match heads but is more prominent than on the nose and more reminiscent of coal burning. The finish is long with the coal smoke fading away to give dried fruits again and a touch of woody spice (think of nutmeg).
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