EDRADOUR 2003 LMDW Cellar Book 54,6%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 53982

At the dawn of 2010, we selected an utterly superb bourbon-cask Edradour distilled in 2003. Then in 2013 we added another bourbon cask aged 10 years and distilled in the same year to our “Artist” range. Five years later, it’s time to taste the third instalment in a saga whose theme is the passing of time. And it has to be said, age hasn’t given this bottling a single wrinkle. Instead it has simply been enriched with honeyed notes that give it a little more maturity. As for the rest, it has managed to maintain all the mischief of its younger years.

Profile: the distinguished initial nose is spicy and medicinal (balm, pepper, camphor). It is also hugely exotic (pineapple). Warm (dry straw), it becomes increasingly floral (lily). The invigorating attack is malty and the mid-palate reveals dried fruit (almond, apricot) and strong spices (curry). The heady finish is liquorice and milky. Notes of salicornia underscore its salinity. Delicately chocolate, the end of the palate is also lush (verbena).

Single Cask no. 97 – Bourbon Barrel
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  • Appearance : deep gold.
  • Nose : refined, distinguished. The very spicy, almost medicinal (balm, pepper, clove, camphor) initial nose is also very exotic (pineapple, banana, kiwi). Allowed to breathe, it is adorned with a fine layer of green liquorice and cinnamon. Gradually it becomes increasingly warm (dry straw, chilli). In the background, lemon zest, eucalyptus, star anise and heady florals (iris, lily) increase the sensation of power emanating from the aromatic palette.
  • Palate : lively, tonic. Just as heady as the nose, the attack is also magnificently malty. The mid-palate is characterised by notes of dried fruit (walnut, almond, apricot), clover and strong spice (nutmeg, curry, turmeric). The end of the palate is soaked with vanilla and mentholated flavours that bring lots of richness and freshness.
  • Overall : long, heady. Liquorice and milky (coconut, crème fraîche), the finish has a very invigorating salinity. Notes of glasswort and sea aster coat the taste buds in a fine down. Chocolatey (white) and lush (verbena), it becomes considerably softer. The retro-nasal olfaction is slightly honeyed (acacia) and herbaceous (dill). The empty glass is malty, roasted (tobacco) and spicy (grey pepper).
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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

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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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