Edradour Ballechin #4 (Oloroso Sherry Cask)

Edradour is the smallest distillery in all of Scotland, and for that itself, there is some novelty in trying one of its whiskies. I received this bottle as a gift from a friend who had been to the Edradour distillery on a tour. It’s probably lucky I did, because the prices for this spirit in Canada are well over $100 a bottle. At 46% ABV, this Edradour is a “heavily-peated Highland”, and what a pleasant peating it is.

Nose: Smoke and Peat, but a really obvious BBQ smell. Sherry influence. There are some fruits here in the nose, but the individual fruits are indiscernable.

Palate: Obvious smoke and peat on the palate, but in a pleasant way, of course. Sherry influence from the cask, and hints of leather at the end. It gives this impression of a dark, sinister whisky.

Finish: Medium-long finish, smoky with hints of pipe tobacco. There is this chlorine note at the end, but it’s not strong enough to be too off-putting.

Grade: B

A pleasant overall experience from Edradour. If price is not an issue for you, do give this whisky a try. It’s not too heavily-peated, (despite it being branded as such) and it reminds me of a moderately peatier Clynelish 14. For those of you that can’t afford a $120 experiment, I’d stick with the Clynelish 14.