Edradour 10 YO – The Distillery Edition

ABV: 40 %
Origin: Highlands
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 3/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is dark and sweet. At first there’s a thick top layer of dark fruits and berries, with plums and liqueur-soaked raisins, honey and vanilla. There are assorted baking spices with some cinnamon peeking through. It’s very top heavy and it feels a bit two-dimensional. There’s a menthol layer floating around on top and some fresher fruits as well but there’s no complexity to speak of. This is a nice enough nose which lacks both power and complexity.

Mouth: It starts out very mild and the dark fruits with overripe plums and soaked raisins are first to come through. It’s got a very sweet character with vanilla, honey and brown sugar as well. All the flavours are up front and and the back only deals with a drop of lemon, a fresh oakiness and a hint of sulfur. It just stays the same and never really changes at this point except for a small spicyness in the back.

Finish: The spicyness in the back increases in intensity and becomes a mild chili note. Rest of the flavours just suddenly disappears and leaves a big hole where they used to be. There’s a small coating of the Oloroso sherry left around the edges and there’s still some lemon in the back together with a savory note. The oakiness returns and it’s a standard oakiness which leaves no lastning impression. This is a good whisky but it’s a bit unbalanced and engineered. It’s way too mild and top heavy but as a background dram or for a beginner this will work very nice.

Additional information
This whisky was aged in a mix of ex-bourbon barrels and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. (It’s available in the U.S. with 43 %)

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