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Edradour

Edradour is perhaps best known as one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries, producing a mere 90,000 litres per annum with a work force of just three. Established in 1825 in the hills of Pitlochry, Edradour (pronounced ‘EDD-ra-DOWer’) maintains its heritage as an almost artisanal distillery. The heart of the range, a ten-year old, exhibits an unconventional charm, uncharacteristic of a highland single malt.

Edradour was acquired in 1982 by drinks giant Pernod Ricard. Following the acquisition, three quarters of the distillery's yield was initially used in the production of blended whiskies, notably including ‘House of Lords’ and the auspiciously named ‘King’s Ransom’. It was not until Signatory acquired the distillery in 2002, that Edradour concentrated its efforts, almost solely, on producing single malts. Renowned for experimenting with various outlandish wood finishes, Edradour has released various malts matured in some rather interesting casks, a ‘Chardonnay Finish’, a ‘Côte de Provence’ and a curious ‘Tokaji Wood Finish’ being among the number.

Signatory moved its base of operations to Edradour after building a bottling plant and warehouse at the site. In 2003, Edradour experimented with a peated single malt, named ‘Ballechin’, with peat levels of 50ppm, launching it in 2006. A new bottling of Ballechin has and will be released every year, each time finished in a different wood, until it has reached full maturity at ten years.

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About Edradour Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01796 472095

Distillery Founded

1825

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Pitlochry, Perthshire

Distillery Owner

Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co. Ltd

Distillery Website

www.edradour.com

1825

This is probably the year when a distillery called Glenforres is founded by farmers in Perthshire.

1837

The first year Edradour is mentioned.

1841

The farmers form a proprietary company, John MacGlashan & Co.

1886

The American company J. G. Turney & Sons acquires Edradour through its subsidiary William Whitely & Co.

1922

William Whiteley buys the distillery in order to produce its own blended whiskies, among them King’s Ransom and House of Lords. The distillery is renamed Glenforres-Glenlivet.

1975

Pernod Ricard buys Campbell Distilleries.

1982

Campbell Distilleries (Pernod Ricard) buys Edradour and builds a visitors’ centre.

1986

Edradour’s first single malt (10 years) is released.

2002

Edradour is bought by Andrew Symington from Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky for £5.4 million (£3 million consists of stocks). The product range is expanded in autumn with a 10 year old and a 13 year old cask strength. Iain Henderson, Distillery Manager at Laphroaig, becomes Director of Operations at Edradour.

2003

A 30 year old and a 10 year old that are non chill-filtered are released. As an experiment a heavily peated variety (50ppm) is also distilled.

2004

A number of wood finishes (port, sauternes, burgundy and chardonnay) are launched as cask strength.

2006

James McGowan becomes the new distillery manager. The first bottling of peated Ballechin is released.

2007

A Madeira matured Ballechin is released.

2008

A Ballechin matured in port pipes and a 10 year old Edradour with a Sauternes finish are released.

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A beautiful release from Edradour's Straight from the Cask range. This an 11 year old single cask Highland malt, distilled on the 30th June, and finished in a Chardonnay hogshead before bottling on...  More info
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Distilled at Edradour on the 19th November 1997. This was aged in hogsheads before transferring to a port pipe on the 2nd May 2007. It was bottled at cask strength on the 8th September 2010 and there...  More info
Presented in a handsome Ibisco decanter, this single cask Edradour was distilled in June 1999 before a maturation period of over 12 years in cask 290. It was bottled at natural cask strength in 2012.  More info
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Edradour 30 Year Old 1973
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A cask strength 30 year old release from the Eastern Highland distillery, Edradour. A thick, chewy malt distilled in 1973, there are some lovely fruit notes and a solid rum character. Indulgent.  More info
This was distilled at Edradour on the 19th November 1997 and aged in hogsheads before transfer into a Chateauneuf-du-Pape hogshead on the 2nd May 2007. It was eventually bottled at cask strength on...  More info
An un-chillfiltered Edradour released by Signatory, this is part of their un-chillfiltered collection and it's bottled at 46%.  More info
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This is a portwood finished Edradour that has been aged for eleven years and bottled at natural cask strength.  More info
This is a Bourbon cask matured Edradour which is bottled at cask strength and presented in a smart Ibisco decanter.  More info
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A 1998 vintage Edradour, at cask strength. This was finished in a Sassicaia wine cask - Italy's answer to Bordeaux. Just 461 bottles of this were released.  More info
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This Edradour was distilled on the 14th September 1998, and it was filled into hogsheads before being transferred on the 2nd May 2007 to a Bordeaux Hogshead. It was bottled on the 18th October 2011...  More info
This was distilled at Edradour on the 30th June 2000 and it was aged in hogsheads until the 22nd November 2008, at which time it was transferred into a Burgundy hogshead and finished before bottling...  More info
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From a release of 682 bottles, this was distilled at Edradour in 1985 and matured for 24 years in a Pedro Ximenez dessert sherry cask before bottling at cask strength in April of 2009.  More info
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Ballechin is heavily peated whisky from Edradour. It is named after a long closed distillery nearby the Edradour distillery. This is the fifth release from the series, aged in Marsala casks.  More info
This was distilled on the 19th November 1997, and it was filled into hogsheads. On the 2nd May 2007, it was reracked into a Chateauneuf du Pape hogshead, before it was bottled on the 18th April 2011...  More info
This was distilled at the Edradour distillery on the 19th November 1997 and it was initially matured in a hogshead before it was re-racked on the 2nd May 2007 into a Sassicaia hogshead. It was finally...  More info
A single cask Edradour, this was distilled on the 25th October 2000, and aged for 10 years in cask number 428 before bottling on the 24th January 2011.  More info
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This single cask was distilled at Edradour in 1996 and finished in a Barolo wine barrel from Angelo Gaja, a famed Italian wine producer from Piemonte, popular for Barolo and Barbesco wines.  More info
A 1999 vintage of Edradour, bottled by Signatory. This is a single cask bottling from cask number 118. Which was bottled in August of 2009. Part of a release of 907 bottles.  More info
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Distilled at Edradour on the 21st September, this was matured exclusively in sherry butt 408 before bottling on the 27th January 2010. A release of 1029 bottles at cask strength.  More info
Port-finished Edradour aged for 12 years prior to release.  More info
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Edradour is one of smallest distilleries in Scotland, this is a 14-year-old Edradour that's spent four years in Moscatel casks following a 10 year maturation of ten years. It's bottled at cask...  More info
A 50cl bottle of Edradour that was was aged in hogsheads before transferring to a port pipe. It was bottled at cask strength and is unchillfiltered.  More info
A 13 year old, exquisitely packaged in an Ibisco decanter. This was distilled on the 30th April 1997 and aged in cask number 182 before bottling on the 5th July 2010. A release of 707 numbered...  More info
Distilled on the 19th November 1997 and initially matured in a hogshead before reracking into a Moscatel sherry hogshead on the 2nd May 2007. A delicious whisky with berry fruit jam notes...  More info
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A single cask release from Edradour distillery. Bottled at natural cask strength in February 2013, following a 13 year maturation period in cask 291, it comes in an attractive Ibisco decanter.  More info
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$105.36
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