The Whisky Exchange has released two new whisky exclusives and they’re cracking drams!
They are a pair of sherried drams from Edradour distillery, namely:-
Established in 1825 and claimed to be the smallest distillery in Scotland, Edradour distillery was traditionally run by three men, but now there are just two. Only eighteen casks are produced each week!
Previously owned by Pernod Ricard, since 2002 Edradour has been owned by the Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Company.
The Whisky Exchange has kindly sent me a sample of each to try (Thanks @WhiskyExchange!)
So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – Edradour 2008 11 Year Old Exclusive Bottling (58.3%)
Distilled on 28/11/2008
Bottled on 08/05/2020
Matured in first-fill sherry butt #372 for 11 years
Nose: Rich, creamy sherry with generous whiffs of red wine. Add in some green crunchy apples and finish up later with caramel vanilla fudge and that’s a great nose right there!
Palate: Satisfying mouthfeel, cane sweetness and creamy sherry.
Finish: Smooth and punchy but the peppery chilli is held nicely in check via the sherry sweetness.
Overall: I haven’t tasted a sherried dram like this before – it’s highly sherried and very tasty to boot! Highly recommended for those who’ll love a punchy, sherry dram!
Tasting Notes – Ballechin 2005 14 Year Old Exclusive Bottling (58.8%)
Distilled on 15/08/2005
Matured in second-fill sherry hogshead #158 for 14 years
Nose: Smokey gloriousness! A vintage smokehouse vibe. Coastal, peaty and earthy with polished wood and old library books later on – classy and educational!
Palate: Cane sweetness with some lovely barbecue smokiness and added treacle.
Finish: Warming and full of glow – it’s punchy, peppery warmth goes right down to my toes!
Overall: THAT DRAM IS GORGEOUS! To say I love it is an understatement! It’s smokey but the balance of sweetness allows it to be enjoyed by all, not just the hardcore smoke fans.