Whisky Review: Edradour 14 Years Old 2000 Sherry Cask 2003 Ibisco Decanter

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Edradour Distillery

Bottling: Edradour

ABV: 56.8%

Cost: £79.16 from Master of Malt [sold out]

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What they say:

A cask strength bottling of Edradour single malt Scotch whisky, matured in a single Sherry cask (#2003, FYI). It was distilled in May 2000 and bottled in October 2014, with an outturn 705 bottles (or should we say decanters?). Bags of Sherried notes rippling through this one.

What I say:

Another Edradour Ibisco Decanter – this time back to sherry finish much like the one I purchased when visiting the distillery. It seems like several of these casks are released each year now but they don’t stay on the shelves for long. You’re best bet of bagging one is to visit the distillery shop itself (when open, please bear in mind the distillery closes during the off season).

Colour:

Blood red ruby with gold highlights (14/20) fine droplet tears leave fine legs

Nose:

Toffee apples, fairground sweets like the aforementioned plus that warm smell of the Candyfloss machine in operation, old suede leather, red berry compote, tannic and oaky red wine, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry, blackberry & apple cordial, sweet fudge, raisins, fruitcake, cocoa powder and rum.

Taste:

Fruity and tannic, leathery, mixed berry compote, forest berry jam strawberry, raspberry and blackberry, sweet cocoa with sour tannins, ginger and pepper spice, more black fruits, raisins, plum and treacle with some nutty walnut

Finish:

Long, red fruits, oak wood and toffee and dark cocoa

Overall:

Delicious – much more like some of the great red wines we love than Sherry per se. The mass of dark fruits, tannic oak wood and cocoa along with that fairground sweet treats on the nose. I guess a little water may bring out some more malt but we didn’t find any when only slightly reduced.

Score: 85/100

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