EDRADOUR 17 ans 2003 Conquête 56,6%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 60428
Distilled a year after the distillery was bought by Andrew Symington, this bottling, which has reached optimum maturity, reveals stunning power, concentration and creaminess. An abundant expression of Edradour’s inherent fruity, floral and malty character, it showcases a profusion of deeply noble spices as well as impressively intense and well-integrated animal sequences.
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- Appearance : orangey copper.
- Nose : full, powerful. The musky, chocolate, spicy (black pepper, clove), fruity (candied orange, date) and malty first nose stands out for its fullness and concentration. Allowed to breathe, bacon notes underscore the aroma palette’s animal character. It then becomes deliciously honeyed (heather, lime blossom), fruity in a different way (rhubarb, apricot, wild strawberry) and delicately caramelized. Aromas of pine resin, iris and green tomato tempura bring a poetic end to the first stage of the tasting.
- Palate : concentrated, rich. The remarkably well-balanced attack is characterized by very sophisticated notes of marmalade, quince jelly and apricot jam. The mid-palate is coated in a fine layer of salted butter caramel and also nobly spiced (saffron, ylang ylang, cardamom). At the end of the palate, grains of malted barley and vanilla pod roughly and creamily envelop the taste buds.
- Overall : long, assertive. Staying very close to the palate, the start of the finish is at once fruity (candied apricot, fresh walnut), heady (iris, carnation, petunia) and powdery (cocoa, cinnamon, ginger). The end of the finish is refreshed with a delicious vanilla ice cream. With lots of volume, the retro-nasal olfaction reveals flavours of beeswax, nutmeg and guava with resounding truth. The empty glass is intensely malty, herbaceous (tobacco), honeyed (lime blossom) and chocolate.
- The brand
The Edradour distillery is known most of all for the individual style of its single malt, which is exported throughout the world. Interestingly, the distillery’s owner Andrew Symington, has begun working on special finishes, each one more innovative than the last (Burgundy, Chardonnay, Châteauneuf-du-pape, Madeira, Moscatel, Port, Sassicia, Tokaji, etc.), with these new releases revolutionising the distillery’s somewhat outdated image. Under the directorship of Iain Henderson, the former director of Laphraoig, at the end of 2002 Edradour began producing a second, very peaty, single malt called Ballechin, the name of a former distillery in the region. Find out more
Since 2005, with the opening of the Kilchoman micro-distillery on the isle of Islay, Edradour is probably no longer the smallest distillery in Scotland. Tucked away on the edge of a small valley, among the hills over the town of Pitlochry, this distillery resembles a charming little village with its red shutters, landscaped garden and gently splashing stream. Purchased in 2002 by Andrew Symington, the founder of Signatory Vintage, Edradour has become more than just a tourist attraction. This distillery-farm concentrates all the operations involved in the production of whisky in a single room, from the mill to the still, which is the smallest size authorized by the British Customs and Excise department. Very traditional, Eradour receives 100,000 visitors a year, who are literally transported to the 19th century in this remarkable time capsule.
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