Edradour Whisky Distillery

Edradour Whisky Distillery & Story

Edradour whisky distillery is located in the southern Highlands in Perthshire. Just three miles north of the tourist spot of Pitlochry.

This distillery claim to fame was one of the few remaining farm  distilleries with the smallest legally allowed stills.

Edradour whisky distillery house style is a soft fruity creamy whisky.

How the Edradour Distillery story began

Edradour (ed-ra-dow-er) is the smallest malt whisky distillery in Scotland and the last original ‘farm’ distillery in Perthshire.

The name Edradour is derived from the Gaelic “Edred dobhar” the stream of King Edred.

An early distillery called Glenforres was founded in 1825 by a cooperative of farmers from the area; distilling in the same cluster of stone buildings where Edradour is made today.

The minimum legal still size for a still at the time was 40 gallons, and that was size selected by co-operative and has continued to be used to this day.

The first mention of Edradour appears in 1837.

By 1841 the eight founding farmers decided to form themselves into an official registered company known as “John McGlashan & Co”

During 1886 John McIntosh  acquires the Edradour distillery.

William Whiteley buys the distillery in 1933.

Electricity was installed in 1947, previously the waters of Edradour Burn were used to turn wooden paddles to generate power for the distillery.

Campbell distillers purchases the distillery in 1982 and builds a visitor centre.

The Edradour whisky for many years could only be tasted in the House of Campbell’s premium blends. These included what was, at one point, the world’s most expensive blended whisky, the appropriately named King’s Ransom.

In 1986 Edradour was bottled as a single malt for the first time.

During 2002 Andrew Simmington of Signatory Independent bottlers buys the distillery for £5.4 million. (=£7.6million at todays values).

The Edradour is operated on very traditional methods and equipment the distillery operates the last remaining Morton refrigerator to cool the worts

The precise shape and size of the still is maintained to preserve the character of the whisky so when replacements are needed, the new stills are reproduced exactly to the shape of the originals – right down to the dents which have been acquired over the years.

Edradour is the smallest distillery in Scotland employing just three men. The neat cluster of buildings, virtually unchanged in the last 150 years, houses the distilling equipment that can just about produce commercial quantities of 12 casks a week.

May 2015 a new planning application is approved for a new distillery to work along side.

The plans are for the distillery to duplicate the original Edradour distillery equipment plus a further two washbacks.

The Edradour Distillery

Founded in 1825 by a farmer cooperative.

Location; Highlands region. Midlands district. Pitlochry

Water Source; Spring on Ben Vrackie.

Edradour Whisky Distillery Equipment;

1.15 tonne Open Cast iron mash tun.

2 Oregon pine washbacks.

2 small stills (smallest allowed under Excise regulations).

Last Morton refrigerator in operation to cool the worts.

Matured in American oak bourbon casks. Various port sherry and wine casks are used to finish some whiskies.

Edradour distillery produces a soft fruity creamy whisky. The use of  other casks in the finishing process create rich and fruity malt whiskies.

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Edradour Whisky Distillery Wash Still
By David Doddington (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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Take a tour of the Edradour whisky distillery

The Edradour distillery visitors centre is well worth a visit and regularly run guided tours of the distillery throughout the course of the day.

Mid April to mid October.

Not Sundays

A number of the tours include tasting sessions where you can sample some of the drams they have to offer.

Click here for more information on the Edradour visitors centre

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