Edradour Caledonia 12 year old comes from the “smallest traditional distillery” in Scotland as the distillery claims, located in Highland. They say traditional because there smaller distilleries founded since 2010. So they are the smallest non-modern distillery, founded in 1825.
Edradour distillery has an annual full capacity of 130 000 liters but they produce approximately 90 000 liters per year. Malt distilleries such as Ballindalloch, Eden Mill, Daftmill, Strathearn, Dornoch and Abhainn Dearg have a smaller capacity.
Caledonia Edradour is an un-chill filtered small batch release bottled at 46% alcohol by volume level. Matured in bourbon casks followed by an Oloroso sherry cask finish of 4-5 years. It got its name from songwriter Dougie Maclean who’s selected the single cask for this bottling. Maclean has a famous famous song called Caledonia, here’s his statement:
“I wrote Caledonia, in 1977 on a beach in Brittany, France, when I was genuinely homesick for Scotland. My life has always been based in Perthshire. For me, the location of Edradour, with its neat cluster of whitewashed buildings, traditional equipment and employment of ancient methods of making single malt whisky, combined with its state of the art bottling facility, typify Caledonia. So it is great to be joining forces with Andrew Symington and Edradour Distillery, to bring you this wonderfully rich and complex 12 year old single malt.”
Sang Dougie Maclean in his song, Caledonia. That’s what’s on my mind after sampling this Edradour and not liking it as much as Edradour’s previous expressions. Or did I try enough? Because the specifications for this whisky are good.
So in theory, this should be a quality single malt. Somehow I just didn’t get the best out of this small batch release. But that’s the risk when sampling small amounts. Because when you don’t have the whole bottle, you can’t test different things enough. Things like oxidation and adding water. You can read more about how to taste whisky or check out my article about choosing the right glass for whisky tasting.