the smallest Whisky distillery in Scotland and was
founded in 1825 by local farmers in Pertshire, close to
the town of Pitlochry in northern Scotland. Initially
the distillery was named ‘The Glenforres Distillery’.
Business went well and in 1841 a few of the farmers
formed an official registered company called the ‘John
McGlashan and Company’. The company later passed into
American hands and remained so until 1922 when it was
acquired by William Whitely who wished to use it in his
blended whisky. He created the ‘Kings Ransom’ which soon
became an immensely popular blended whisky.
Pernod Ricard bought the distillery in 1982 and ran it
until early in the year 2000 when it was acquired by the
independent bottling company Signatory. The new owners
contracted Ian Henderson, who had been the front figure
at Laphroaig for many years, as the Director of
Edradour bottled their first Single Malt in 1986.
Edradour 10 yo
Edradour 10 yo Cask Strength "finish"
Edradour 30 yo Bourbon
Edradour 30 yo Sherry 1973
The smallest distillery in Scotland!
peppery and nutty.
Buy Edradour online at Thewhiskyexchange >>
Buy Edradour online at Internet Wines & Spirits (US customers)
Production at Edradour
use water from the Edradour Burn which flows right
through the distillery. The barley is purchased in
weekly batches and is already malted, slightly peated
and ground. The open-top Mash tun is made from cast iron
and dates back to 1825. The Mash tun is not the only
original equipment still in use at the distillery. In
general, change happens slowly at Edradour. For example,
the distillery did not introduce electricity until 1947.
The two washbacks are made from Oregon pine and each
hold 1 000 litres. The two Boiling Ball model stills are
the smallest in Scotland, the wash still holds 4 000
litres and the spirit still holds 2000 litres. Actually,
the Edradour stills are the smallest possible as
prescribed by Excise regulations.
Only 12-15 casks per week is produced at Edradour, which
adds up to an annual production of 90 000 litres. An
interesting comparison is that it takes an average
modern distillery approximately one week to equal the
annual output at Edradour. As much as 90 percent of the
whisky is bottled as single malt and the rest is used in
Edradour’s own blended ‘Kings Ransom’ and in their
whisky liquor ‘Edradour Cream’.
Experiments are currently under way with
heavily peated malt. The new whisky is named ‘Ballechin’
and will be presented to the market in a few years.
Did you find this text particularly interesting? Is
there something you miss? Do you wish to read more about some other
topic, a particular distillery, whiskey or whisky? Drop us a line! We at
The Whisky Guide always strive to improve our service, and we welcome
your thoughts and comments.