Review 419: Edradour 12 Year Caledonia

edradour12caledoniaTime to taste a whisky of one of the smallest distilleries of Scotland. This bottle is a special sherry cask release specially selected by Dougie Maclean and named after his famous song, Caledonia written in 1977.

What they write about it:

Our ever popular and traditional Highland Single Malts. Handmade with rich, fruit cake flavours and a sweetness that emerges from the combination of Sherry wood and the small Stills of our old farm distillery.

Distillery:Edradour distillery
Region:Highland
Location:Pitlochry, Perthshire
Owner:Andrew Symington
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Company
Founded:1825
Status:Active
Water Source:Ben Vrackie Springs
Stills:1 wash still
1 spirit still
Capacity:90.000 litre pure alcohol per year

Expression:Edradour 12 Year Caledonia
Category:Single Malt
Bottled by:Edradour Distillery
Age:12 Year
ABV (% Alc):46%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):+/- 0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:+/- 1997
Bottle date:2009
Vintage:N/a
Maturation:Oloroso Sherry Casks
Cask number:N/a
Bottle number:N/a
Bottle content:70cl

Colour:
Amber.

Smell:
A full, rich, savory and balanced whisky with aromas of sherry, new leather, chestnut honey, old tea, grains, malt (like Ovaltine or Milo), creamy vanilla, dark caramel, sweet tobacco, dried fruits (plums, dates, figs, raisins and apricots), cured ham, chocolate, hazelnuts, walnuts, dried cherries, bouquet garni, bitter orange marmalade, hint of sulphur, toffee, toasted brioche, a hint of camphor, red wine, backing spices, thick citrus oil, grass and subtle oak.

Taste:
A savory, full, busy and balanced whisky with aromas of rich sherry, brine, smoked ham, dried fruits (plums, cherries, sultanas, apricot), dark caramel, salted toffee, malt (like Ovaltine or Milo), cereals, a hint of rubber, roasted chestnuts, marmalade, licorice root, fresh bayleaf, star anise, cinnamon, nuts, Chinese master stock, grapefruit, subtle tannins, leather, orange liqueur, roasted cumin seeds, herbal tea and old oak.

Finish:
A long and slightly drying finish with aromas of thick sherry, orange marmalade, salted toffee, licorice allsorts, cocoa powder, soft tannins, dried fruits, bouquet garni, old tea, tobacco and old oak.

 

Marks:
  • 8.5/10
    Smell: - 8.5/10
  • 8.4/10
    Taste: - 8.4/10
  • 8.4/10
    Finish: - 8.4/10
8.4/10

Conclusion:

Quite an atypical whisky for me but I like it. It’s quite changing with it’s sweet savory character. At one moment it’s almost to sweet and than the savory tones of herb and cured ham come in and bring you to the salty side of this dram. It has quite an creamy mouthfeel and the well known soapiness of Edradour is present but subtle and marines well with the rest of the flavours.
Al in all a very interesting and pleasant dram to sip.

Price to quality ratio: 90,59% (Telgen weighted factor score)

Telgen scoreAdvice
0% - 60%Extremely overpriced whisky - not worth buying!
60% - 70%Highly overpriced whisky - think about it
70% - 80%Too expensieve - do you really want it?
80% - 85%No bargain - taste before you buy!
85% - 90%Acceptable price to quality ratio
90% - 95%Good price to quality ratio - always good to stock-up on
95% - 100%Bargain! - Buy it before it is sold out!