A now rare bottling in this range – from the first editions – Cask Strength!
Single cask Edradour, distilled in August 1991 and bottled in August 2003. It was matured in a Sherry butt for 11 years before being bottled as part of their Straight From The Cask range, with an outturn of 898 bottles.
Colour: very dark. Henna.
Nose: exceptionally fresh and floral, with sickly sweet roses. That first wave falls to dark fruits, figs, raisins, prunes; praline chocolates, hazelnuts. Then some sherry notes, perhaps even a touch of port or Madeira wine. Muscavado sugar. Treacle sponge. Then a little bit of fresh laundry, or even pencil erasers. I’ve nosed a good number of sherry bombs of late, but this is nicely different.
Taste: quite a viscous, chewy texture. Raisins, figs, port, blackberries, mincemeat (rather mince pie filling). That praline note continues here too. Tiramisu. And the sugars: lashings of dark sugar. The balance with the tannic, peppery heat from the wood and the dark, Molasses-like sweetness is intense and divine. Dark chocolate (85%). Damson jam. Cinnamon. Maple syrup. A long, well-balanced finish.
It’s a brilliant whisky of this style, it’s been one of my best buys in recent years. Anyone who likes heavily sherried whiskies should absolutely track down a bottle.