The fourth Whisky Exchange sample in a row, and if memory serves, the last one in my stash at the moment. I’ll check later today, if I get around to it.
The fourth sample, and for the fourth time in a row, it’s a sample from a distillery that I am not overly familiar with. In this case that is because the whiskies I have tasted from them were far from commendable. This might be me picking bad examples, or just because the distillery’s product doesn’t really comply with my palate.
Most of their product is very young since they’re still coming back from a period of high inconsistency. They were not very common with independent bottlers until a few years ago when Van Wees, under their The Ultimate label released the first indie Edradour in a long time. Unfortunately, while a newsworthy feat, the whisky itself wasn’t very good.
Anyway, this one is picked by The Whisky Exchange. That in itself should take away some worries, but the ultimate test is in trying the whisky. Let’s do so.
Massive Oloroso on the nose, with some very zesty freshness coming in after that. I’d say lime. The Oloroso is rather fruity with a focus on citrus fruit too, but there’s shortbread from the spirit too. So far, I find it all rather simple. Not bad, but it’s not showing much depth. It shows some slightly sour notes that I associate with sherry’s flor more than anything else (see below). Dates, candied orange and maybe some apricot.
The palate is dry and sharp with quite a noticeable alcohol burn. It’s not very pushy so the alcohol calms down rather quickly to show some oak, fruit and dry grainy notes. It’s fairly syrupy, and has some soot flavors as well. The fruit is not as outspoken as it was on the nose, and I have a hard time pinpointing any of the previously found types. There is a LOT of sherry though. And barley, that’s easy to find too.
The finish continues down the ‘very sherried’ track of choice. It’s thick and syrupy, with soot, some fruit, oak and maybe walnut shells. Rather dry in a slightly nutty way.
This is a bit of a strange whisky. In a way it just might be the most tasty Edradour I’ve ever had so far. On the other hand, on itself, it’s not a dram I’m overly fond of. I find the flavors to be rather inconsistent and on two different ends of the spectrum. Also, in a similarly confusing way, I find this whisky way too sherried. This is also a bit weird since it might be so that it covers up what otherwise would have been a very mediocre spirit from a distillery which doesn’t sit well with me.
All these considerations make me not a huge fan of this whisky. It sure has its qualities and if you’re a lover of high proof sherry flavours (and not too much else), this might just be for you.
A slight footnote: I might have found this whisky more enjoyable when tasted blind. It might be the case that this was reviewed in a more critical way since I already don’t lose any love for Edradour. This might be slightly worrisome.
On the flor remark: The flor hints are a bit strange, and might not be that at all. Edradour has a bit of a cheesy character after all. Jon Beach, of Fiddler’s Inn in Drumnadrochit lovingly called it Cheddradour. The flor is strange because Oloroso is a type of sherry that doesn’t have much flor. The yeast activity is limited by fortifying the wine early in the maturation process.
Edradour 2006-2013, 7yo, 59.2%, Oloroso Cask #240, OB for The Whisky Exchange.
Surprisingly, this is still available from The Whisky Exchange for £ 60 (€ 75)
Thanks for the sample, Billy and TWE!