Tasting Notes for Edradour Caledonia 12 Year Old Single Malt
Nose: Sultanas and figs balanced with honey.
Taste: Liquid Christmas cake, toasted almonds and just a hint of orange spice. Just a little water opens up the depth and complexity as the fruitiness and Oloroso sherried wood comes to the fore. The result of traditional, time tested distillation processes rolls over the tongue like syrup.
Finish: Gently warming, spicy and dry from a time long forgotten.
Edradour is produced in one of Scotland's smallest distilleries - and is hand made today as it was over 150 years ago by just three men who are devoted to the time-honoured methods of whisky making. Indeed, equipment used at the distillery has remained unchanged since the day the distillery opened and is only just capable of producing commercial quantities. Only 12 casks of whisky are produced a week, making Edradour single malt a rare pleasure for a fortunate few.
At a strength of 46% ABV and unchillfiltered, Caledonia retains maximum flavour with great depth and body. Initial maturation in Bourbon casks followed by an Oloroso Finish of 4-5 years. An old fashioned whisky for those looking for how whisky used to be made.
Edradour Caledonia is a special single cask release, selected by songwriter Dougie Maclean and named after his famous song, Caledonia. This handmade single malt is a small batch bottling.
“I wrote Caledonia, in 1977 on a beach in Brittany, France, when I was genuinely homesick for Scotland. My life has always been based in Perthshire. For me, the location of Edradour, with its neat cluster of whitewashed buildings, traditional equipment and employment of ancient methods of making single malt whisky, combined with its state of the art bottling facility, typify Caledonia. So it is great to be joining forces with Andrew Symington and Edradour Distillery, to bring you this wonderfully rich and complex 12 year old single malt.” Dougie Maclean
The earliest records of distilling at the Edradour distillery location date back to 1823, and in those days the distilling was illegal. The Excise Act of 1823 was carried out but the distillery didn't register until 1825 when they registered a distillery under the name of the Glenforres distillery, a small farming distillery.
The name was changed in 1837 when the distillery was taken over by James Scott and Duncan Stewart – who named it Edradour 'between two rivers'. In 1938 Irvin Haim, a New York mafia gangster, became the legal owner of the distillery, following which it was eventually taken over by Diageo.
During the early times the distillery mostly produced for the blend industry. The most famous brands were House of Lords and Kings Ransom. In 1986 the first 10-year-old Edradour was launched and the success story of the Edradour Single Malt Scotch Whisky began.
Current owner Andrew Symington, who is also the owner of the independent bottler Signatory Vintage, bought Edradour for 3.5 million pounds in 2002 and has put a lot of effort into the refurbishing and renewing of the distillery. New dunnages were built, the old malt barn was refurbished and a larger hall was built to hold events. Finally in 2012 Andrew Symington was honoured by becoming one of the Masters of the Quaich.
Producer Edradour Distillery Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky Age 12 Years Volume 70CL ABV 46%