Edradour is a whisky brand I don’t always gravitate towards. While at the liquor store I stumbled across a small 50 ml bottle of the Edradour Caledonia 12 Year-Old and I thought why not, lets give it a world.
Edradour is known as one of Scotland’s smallest distillery. It’s a highlands single malt that was first established in 1825. In 1982, Pernod Ricard bought the company and during this time Edradour was mainly producing whisky for blended whiskies. It was not till Signatory Vintage (independent bottlers first founded in 1998 by Andrew and Brian Symington) purchased the company in 2002 that Edradour began mainly producing single malts.
This particular whisky, the Caledonia 12 year-old, is a release specially selected for songwriter Douglas Maclean. The whisky is named after his famous song, Caledonia, which was written in 1977. The first time I heard the song was actually this morning, as I was very curious about it. I liked the song and yes, I liked this whisky as well. The whisky isn’t revolutionary by any means, but it a pretty good dram and it surprised me.
Nose: sweet, sherry and oak
Palate: fruity, sherry, toffee and honey
Finish: spicy with a finishing burn
This whisky starts off very smooth/creamy and finishes with a nice lingering burn. It’s not a complex whisky but all the notes are perfectly integrated making for a tasty dram.
What isn’t so tasty about this whisky is the price. Looking at the cost I saw prices range from $60-$80. It’s a big range but I guess it all depends on where you buy it. Although I thought it was a good dram, I would not pay this much for it. I’ve had better at a lower cost and that in itself would prevent me from purchasing this bottle.
If you do want to try it you can purchase the mini bottle as I did and pay far less for it. This will give you the ability to try it without the commitment of having to buy a big bottle only to find out you don’t like it.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.