Address : Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5 JP
Telephone No : 01796 472095
Web Site : www.Edradour.co.uk - This is a very good site - Well worth a visit
Visitors Centre : Yes - Well worth a visit !
Hidden in the hills overlooking Pitlochry from the east, is Edradour Distillery, the smallest distillery in Scotland. Edradour is the last survivor of the long tradition of farmhouse distilleries, and its annual output of 240,000 bottles per year would emerge from the stills of a large Speyside distillery in less than a week.
Edradour distillery came into being, as a legal operation at least, in 1825. It is one of the most beautifully arranged distilleries in Scotland, made up of a neat whitewashed collection of buildings located in a small rising valley, either side of the burn that provides its water.
In its earlier life Edradour had a fairly colourful history, and much of its production was alleged to have ended up in the USA by various means during the prohibition era of the 1920s. It has also been alleged that during this period the distillery was briefly and indirectly owned by the Mafia. Whatever the truth of this, the US market remained an important one for Edradour.
When the cargo ship the SS Politician struck rocks just off the north shore of Eriskay in the Western Isles on 5 February 1941, en route to New York, a significant proportion of the content of the 264,000 bottles of Scotch Whisky in its hold was produced at Edradour. This is the incident that spawned Compton Mackenzie's bestselling 1947 novel "Whisky Galore".
After 20 years under the ownership of Pernod Ricard the Edradour Distillery was brought in 2002 for £5.4m by the Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Company, the well established Edinburgh based whisky bottling company.
Edradour 10 Y/O 40%
Nose: Usual heavyweight aroma associated with this distillery. Oloroso is evident. A very slight sulphur note spoils the harmony a little.
Palate: Enormously rich mouth feel, with roasted barley and then a wave of grapey fruit.
Finish: Deliciously oily and sprinkled with soft spices, vanilla, caramel and oak.