Category Archives: Edradour

Edradour 2004 10-year-old (cask 417)

Bought: Auriol Wines, 29th February 2016

Ratings:
83/100 – Whiskybase (from 1 member vote)

If you look at Edradour on Whiskybase there are 192 distillery bottlings and 354 by the independent bottler Signatory. The reason is that Signatory now own Edradour. As Whisky.com’s Horst Luening says in his video below, this is because distilleries became reluctant to sell casks to independent bottlers when they realised how much money they were making from them. The answer for several of the big independents was to go out and buy their own distilleries, which Gordon & MacPhail also did with Benromach.

83/100 on Whiskybase is a good mark for this Edradour 10yo but I’m yet to find any tasting notes. The house style is medium-bodies, sweet, honeyed, spicy, nutty, malty and with a hint of smoke. Bottles released under the name of ‘Edradour’ are from sherry casks whereas those under the name ‘Ballechin’ are from bourbon casks.

Signatory have released this style of 10yo from Edradour many times over the years and often many times within a year. A version from 2002 scores 88.5/100 in the Whisky Bible 2016, which classifies it as “very good to excellent whisky definitely worth buying”.

Here’s Horst Luening of Whisky.com reviewing a slightly earlier Edradour 2002 10yo by Signatory:

Edradour 2004 10yo 70cl

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Edradour ‘Caledonia’ 12-year-old

Bought – Justminiatures, 13th November 2013

Ratings:
83/100 – Whisky Fun review
84/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 6 reviewers)

You’d think from the lack of reviews for Edradour in the Whisky Bible, and from Ralfy on YouTube, that malt from the smallest distillery in Scotland wasn’t worth whisky spit in the rain but you’d be wrong. This 12yo example from the Pitlochry-based distillery has got good qualities clearly written on the box – “natural colour, unchillfiltered” and at 46%. I’ve yet to sample it myself but the review on Whisky Fun finishes with “One of the good ones. I like it.”

I would love to say that I opted for this example from Edradour after hours of research but I didn’t. It was because I loved the blue tube the bottle comes in and the fact it’s named after the famous Scottish song ‘Caledonia’ by Dougie MacLean. Have a listen and sing alone here.

Edradour 12yo 5cl