Highland Region – 57.6%ABV – £43 | €50
I’ve seen many bottlings of Edradour whisky on the shelves here in the US. I’ve always liked the packaging and the fact that many of the bottles I saw were bottled at cask strength and seemed to be somewhat experimental in nature with many different types of wine and barrel finishes.
It wasn’t until my interview with Mr. Alan Shayne (President of the US chapter of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, SMWSA) that I really began to consider a bottle. When Alan mentioned that one of his uncles was once an owner of the distillery, I instantly wanted to try some.
Being a lover of Sauternes finished whiskies, when Master of Malt offered me some free 3cl sized samples I chose this as one of them. A big thanks goes out to Master of Malt for the sample!
Sadly, since writing up this post, MoM is out of the full bottles…
I expect this whisky to be delicious (Sauternes finish, cask strength… what’s not to love or look forward to?) Let’s see if this whisky lives up to my expectations:
On the nose — Big warm, sauternesy nose loaded with apricot, walnuts, honey and white grapes.
So far so good.
Oranges, cloves and warm cream.
Fruity yet savory liquid hand soap.
A whisper of rosemary.
Toasty rye bread, dry.
On the mouth — A very soapy entry.
After that, more of the same from the nose.
This is a good thing as the sauternes finish compliments this whisky very nicely.
Apricot jam and sour/sugared apple lollipops – very puckering.
Finish — Shortish yet, warming, mouth watering and savory/sweet
In sum — An instant favorite for me. Of all the finishes for a whisky, sauternes is my favorite. When done right, it puts me in heaven. Save this whisky for some YOU time.