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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 50cl bottling distilled in 1996 and finished in Madeira. A thick, sweet Edradour release.  More info
Part of a range of mid 90s 50cl releases from Edradour, this 1995 vintage enjoyed a Chardonnay maturation and proffers all the beautiful vinosity one could wish for.  More info
A cask strength Edradour from 1993, bottled in a beautiful decanter.. Only 651 bottles of Ibisco were released, bottled from a single sherry cask which was bottled in September 2005.  More info
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A cask strength 10 year old from Edradour, this bottling has been finished in wine casks from the Cotes de Provence, this single malt is part of a limited release of just 459 bottles.  More info
A peated release from Edradour, this edition of Ballechin (named for a now silent distillery) was finished in Madeira casks.  More info
Named for the now silent Ballechin distillery, of which little is known, Ballechin is also the recently-released peated range from Edradour, this bottling has been finished in Burgundy casks.  More info
A cask strength 11 year old single malt from the Easter Highland distillery, Edradour, finished in Super Tuscan wine casks.  More info
This Edradour (one of Scotland's smallest distilleries) was distilled in the year 2000 and bottled 12 years later after being finished in a cask which previously held port.  More info
$57.20
This is a Bourbon cask matured Edradour which is bottled at cask strength and presented in a smart Ibisco decanter.  More info
$76.64
This Edradour eas bottled 'Straight From the Cask' at natural cask strength, and finished in casks previously used in the production of Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes, the famous French sweet wine. This...  More info
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$72.26
This here Edradour was bottled straight out of the cask at natural cask strength after ten years of gentle cask ageing. This is a big fruity offering for fans of this Highland Malt Whisky.  More info
$76.29
This Edradour has been finished in Ruby Port casks and boasts big red fruit flavours.

Edradour is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland but has a big following regardless!  More info
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$68.70
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
This is a portwood finished Edradour that has been aged for eleven years and bottled at natural cask strength.  More info
A delicious 13 year old Edradour, distilled in November 1997 and finished for 3-and-a-bit years in a single Moscatel hogshead before bottling in January 2011. There are just 435 decanter bottles of...  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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$68.76
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 whisky from Edradour. Distilled in 1998, this whisky spent just under 5 years maturing in Bordeaux Wine Casks. Bottled at Cask Strength and presented in a vibrant purple presentation...  More info
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 strength.  More info
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$80.17
Here is the ninth release of the mouth-filling and delicious port cask-matured Edradour. This was bottled in February 2012, and comes from cask 374…  More info
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$74.70
The second batch of Edradour's Burgundy cask matured, 2003 vintage single malt, with this batch having been bottled in July 2012.  More info
$79.74
This is the second release of bourbon cask matured whisky from Edradour. It's presented in a nice decanter and bottled at natural cask strength.  More info
$94.34
A cask-strength Edradour from 1998, bottled in a beautiful decanter. This is a very limited release of only a few hundred bottles from Scotland's smallest distillery.  More info
$94.77
As with the rest of Edradour's SFTC range this was bottled 'Straight From the Cask', and finished in casks previously used in the production of Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes. This has paid off, producing...  More info
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$78.58
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
$76.29
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