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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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