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Edradour Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Highland  Distillery Information

Edradour Distillery History

Edradour is the smallest malt whisky distillery in Scotland and the last original 'farm' distillery in Perthshire. You'll find the Edradour distillery nestling in a pocket glen in the hills above Pitlochry that form the Southern Highlands. The name Edradour is derived from the Gaelic "Edred dobhar” the stream of King Edred.


The distillery 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.


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


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


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.


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.


Edradour Single Malt Whisky Distillery Bottlings 

Aged 10 Years

Aged 10 Years un-chill filtered

Aged 12 Years Caledonia Limited Edition Whisky


Edradour Cask Strength Whisky Bottlings

Single Malt Edradour straight from the cask into the bottle. Strong in essence and flavour. Unchillfiltered.

10 year old bourbon

10 and 13 year old sherry

18 year old Oloroso

18 year old Saunteness

26 year old Pedro Ximinez


Edradour Wine Finishes

Here the fruit influence of some of the finest European wine casks combine with the inherent richness of Edradour.

The “Straight From The Cask” range are all matured in two types of wood, Bourbon barrels and Wine casks, and are bottled naturally at cask strength.


10 year old in - Barolo, Burgundy, Chardonnay, Chateau Neuf du Pape, Marsala,

11 year old in - Spatburgunder, Fruhburgunder

12 year old in - Port, Sauternes,

15 year old Mosketel,


Edradour Wine Matured

Edradour produces a wide range matured solely in wine casks. These fillings are from 2003. The result shows remarkable depth of flavour and character emerging from the barley and sweet fruits of the wine. Natural colour and unchillfiltered.



Ruby Port



Ballechin Heavily Peated Edradour Malt Whisky

This heavily peated version of Edradour is matured in a wide variety of wood types. A formidable, smoky Single Malt from experimentation, passion and the pursuit of quality. Phenol content of a minimum of 50 parts per million.


Ballachin #1 The Burgundy Casks

Ballachin #2 Madeira Matured

Ballachin #3 Port

Ballachin #4 Sauternes

Ballachin #5 Marsala

Ballachin #6 Bourbon

Ballachin #7 Bordeaux#

Ballachin #8 Sauternes


Edradour Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Older Distillery Bottlings 

Aged 10 Years Cask Strength

Aged 10 Years 50cl Finishes

A Selection of 50cl bottlings finished in the following casks

Barolo, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chardonnay, Madeira, Marsala, Port, Sauternes and sherry.  


Edradour Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings

Gordon & MacPhail

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),

Founded in 1825 by a farmer cooperative

Location Highlands region Midlands district Pitlochry

Water Source Spring on Ben Vrackie


Edradour Distilling Equipment

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, Pitlochry,


PH16 5JP

Tel: +44 (0)1796 473524


Edradour Distillery Visitor Centre Information

Contact +44 (0)1796 472095


Open Mid April to Mid October Please Contact the distillery to confirm before travelling.

Edradour Scotch  Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Rich sherry aroma with citric fruits and toffee.


Palate: Full bodied. Malty, creamy, vanilla.

Finish: Smooth, warming.


A Selection of 50cl bottlings finished in the following casks

Barolo, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Chardonnay, Madeira, Marsala, Port, Sauternes and sherry.