Edradour Natural Cask Strength (D.2009, B.2021) Ibisco Decanter /55,9%/ –
Edradour, which markets itself as Scotland’s little gem, is one of the smallest and most picturesque Scottish distilleries. The last change of ownership took place in 2002, when Signatory Vintage, an Independent Bottling Company owned by Andrew Symington took over the operations. The product range expanded immediately making that small and old-fashioned distillery (the capacity was doubled to 260,000 per annum in 2018) one of the most innovative whisky producers. The Natural Cask Strength expression presented in Ibisco decanter was introduced in 2003 and immediately caught customers’ attention. Here we have the April 2021 release, whisky distilled on January 14, 2009 and aged in ex-sherry butt no. 3 then bottled at 55.9% abv with an outrun of 641 bottles.
Nose: strong sherry statement, raisins, prunes, black cherries, honey, crème brûlée, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, hints of potpourri and oak.
Palate: lots of dried fruit, apricots, prunes, figs, orange peel, rum-soaked raisins, dark chocolate, roasted almonds, nutmeg, allspice, and delicate oaky bitterness.
Finish: pretty long, with notes of dried fruit, dark chocolate, almonds, nutmeg, dash of black pepper and oak.