Edradour 13 Year Old 2011Chateauneuf du Pape finish – Straight from the Cask

Highland single malt scotch whisky

54.2% ABV, £45 for 50cl.

Score 91/100

Edradour Chateneuf du Pape Straight From The Cask

What they say:

Edradour 13 year old chateauneuf du pape finish. Straight from the cask 1997. 436 bottle outturn. Distilled 19/11/1997, matured in hogsheads until 2/05/2007. Finished in Chateauneuf-du-pape hogshead until 18/01/2011.

What I say:

This just melts in the mouth! Long have we been big fans of Chateauneuf-du-Pape Red wine, this whisky takes the essence of this incorporating big juicy red fruit flavours with strawberries and plums to perfection. Warming and drinkable at cask strength, a little water takes the heat off and allows even more deep red fruit flavours to flow out over your tastebuds. This is how good wine and good whisky should come together. There is simply nothing bad I can say about this whisky! there is a real depth of fruit from the finish but not too sweet so you really get the oak-aged flavour of the wine.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape [or New Pope’s Castle] is possibly the most well known wine region of the southern Rhone in south eastern France. The reds are mostly made from Grenache noir grapes with a little Syrah or Mourvedre occasionally thrown in. Tannic in their youth these wines retain their spiciness with age and exhibit earthy and game flavours with leather and herbal aromas.

Colour:

Pink gold

Nose:

Oak, malt and summer fruits

Taste:

Like warm strawberry jam on hot buttery toast, this has everything from red grape, strawberry, plum, a little tannin and oak and lots of signature Edradour malt flavour

Finish:

Fruity vaporous and winey

Would I buy it again:

I would likely buy any whisky matured in Chateauneuf-du-Pape casks, but this has been done perfectly. So most definitely YES. When I can’t decide between a good glass of red wine and a whisky this is the go to  bottle.