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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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From Edradour's handsomely packaged Straight from the Cask range, this was distilled on the 26th November 2001 and aged in a single sherry butt (number 1015) before bottling after 10 years on the 24th...  More info
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A fruity, rich, strawberry jam of a whisky from Edradour. This stuff was finished in a Chateauneuf-du-Pape cask and bottled at natural cask strength.  More info
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This was distilled at Edradour on the 30th June 2000 and it was aged in hogsheads before being disgorged and recasked into a Chardonnay hogshead on the 22nd November 2008. It was finally bottled on...  More info
A superb and unusual Highland whisky, Ballechin is heavily peated Edradour, and this is the 6th release in the range, aged in a bourbon cask. Very tasty!  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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A wonderful Edradour, distilled in December 2003 and aged entirely in a Chardonnay wine cask before bottling in September 2011. This is batch 1.  More info
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This was distilled at Edradour on the 14th September 1998 and it was filled into hogsheads before being transferred on the 2nd May 2007 for a finish in a Sassicaia wine cask. It was bottled on the...  More info
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
The first batch of a lovely whisky from Edradour - wholly matured in Sauternes casks. This was filled into oak on December 2003 and it was bottled in September 2011.  More info
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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
Edradour aged for 10 years, and from one single cask (461). Distilled in December 2002 it was bottled as part of Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered range in January 2013.  More info
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This was distilled at Edradour on the 30th June 2000 before a hogshead maturation. Then, in 2008, it was re-racked into a Chardonnay wine hogshead before bottling for the Straight from the Cask range...  More info
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The second batch of Edradour's Burgundy cask matured, 2003 vintage single malt, with this batch having been bottled in July 2012.  More info
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A 10 year old Edradour that spent over 2 years in a Burgundy wine hogshead, a release of 419 cask strength bottles.  More info
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13 year old cask strength Edradour single malt which was finished in a sweet, sweet Sauternes wine cask. The wine is sweet, I mean, not the actual cask. Well, the cask might be a bit sweet because of...  More info
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A release of 971 bottles from Edradour's Straight from the Cask range, it was aged for a period of 10 years in sherry butt 462. As ever, this 50cl bottle comes in a handsome wooden case.

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Presented in an Ibisco decanter, this Edradour was aged for almost 14 years in cask 229 and bottled in May 2013. A release of 701 cask strength bottles.  More info
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A tasting glass from one of Scotland's smallest distillers, Edradour. Perfect for nosing a wonderful 10 year old from the Highland distillery.  More info
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Straight From the Cask whiskies are presented at Natural Cask Strength. This example was finished in a Port Cask.  More info
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