For such a small distillery, Edradour has a remarkably wide range of different expressions. So what I want to do in the future is some sort miniseries where I compare an expression form their ‘Cask Matured’ Series (full matured in different wine casks, bottled at 46%) with its respective counterpart from their ‘Straight From The Cask’ Series (finished in different wine casks, bottled at cask strength). I am honestly excited to find out how the different maturation process and the different bottling strength fare against each other.
For the start I picked the Edradour 2003 Chardonnay Cask Matured (Batch 2) which will compete against the Edradour 2000 ‘Straight From The Cask’ Chardonnay Finish.
|Name:||Edradour 2000 ‘Straight From The Cask’ Chardonnay Finish|
|Disgorged / Into Cask:||22.11.2008|
|Age:||12 Years Old|
|Category:||Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|Cask Type:||Ex-Bourbon Casks, Finish in Chardonnay Hogshead|
|Number of Bottles:||445|
Overripe fruit sweetness. Bananas, cinnamon buns, fudge and honeyed barley. The alcohol is merely noticeable at all.
Full-bodied but the alcohol burn is manageable. A lot of fruity sweetness. Ripe bananas, sweet limes and caramelized grapes. Honeycomb. A touch of colored pepper.
Long and rather mild. A big portion of baked honey bananas. Again a touch of pepper. Drying towards the end.
A big but not overpowered whisky with a lot of fruity sweetness.
Overall: 88 / 100