Edradour 10 Years Review

Country: Scotland
Brand: Edradour
Type: Single Malt Whisky
Region: Highlands
Age: 10 Years
Alcohol: 40%

Colour: Gold

Nose: Heavy nose, loaded with Sweet Sherry, Honey and Apricot. Light Malt and Wood. I would suggest leaving the whisky opening up in the glass for at least 20 minutes. As I opened the (miniature) bottle for the first time there was a slightly unpleasant bitterness in the smell. I will take away a point for that. A day later during the second tasting that bitterness had gone but there is still some disagreeable element to the nose that I can’t quite put my fingers on. Or rather, my nose! Maybe it’s just overly sweet.

Taste:  The delivery is Oloroso sweet, nutty and syrupy with some Spices coming through. It’s different for sure and not entirely unpleasant but there is something about this whisky I just don’t quite like. It’s more like sweet fruit liquor really.

Finish: The finish is dry, slightly metallic and salty with Wood and Nuts and some hot Spices. Again, it’s not bad but I can’t say I like it very much.

Rating: 79

Nose: 19,5 – Taste: 20,5 – Finish: 19,5 – Overall: 19,5

General Remarks:  I added some water, which enhanced the Spices in the finish. This whisky accepts some water so I suggest trying it both ways.
Edradour is Scotland's smallest single malt whisky distillery and produces just 90,000 liters of whisky each year. It’s located in the Southern Highlands. It was only bottled as a Single Malt in 1986. Three employees operate the whole distillery.

Drinking Experience Neat: Different from your average Scotch Whisky!

Conclusion: It’s an unusual Single Malt. Quite complex really but I can’t say I really like the sum of the individual parts. It’s like a road that doesn’t seem to go anywhere. And during the whole process of nosing and tasting I couldn’t get rid of the feeling that something’s wrong with this spirit. It’s different enough to try out but I can’t really recommend it.

Jan van den Ende                                                              October 28, 2011

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