Edradour was my favorite destination from our whirlwind tour of Scotland. The tiny distillery, features “Scotland’s smallest stills,” while the tasting room is replete with dozens of unique bottlings. While specialty liquor stores will usually carry the main Edradour’s core range scotches, including the peated Ballechin, finding some of their specialty casks can be tough, but I assure you it’s worth the challenge. They’re some of the most unique and interesting whiskies on the market. The Chardonnay cask line is a standout. With 5 years in the barrel, it’s not shy about its parentage.
Review #99: Edradour 12 Chardonnay Cask Review
- Score - 8/108/10
Nose: Wine gummies, wooden floor boards and attics, Champagne flavored gummy bears, lemon meringue. Lime and citrus, faint malt, heavy chalky Chardonnay notes. Palate: Bright and juicy, oranges, lemons, citrus followed by milk chocolate and caramel. Not subtle about the Chardonay. You get it starting in the mid palate, like a very oaky white wine. Not tannic. Finish is dry and chalky. Very long.
- ABV: 56.7%
- Aged 12 years
- Spent 7 years in hogsheads (probably ex-bourbon)
- Spent the remaining 5 years in ex-Chardonnay hogshead
- One of 445 bottles
- Located next to the charming village of Pitlochry.
- The distillery is incredibly scenic, a small stream runs through the middle of the property, and the whole operation has the feel of a small business.
- Casks are rolled through the middle of the village once done aging. The independent bottler Signatory is based on the same property.