Whisky Review: Edradour 12 Years Old 2003 7th Release Bourbon Cask Matured Ibisco Decanter

Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Edradour Distillery

Bottling: Edradour

ABV: 56.5%

Cost: £64.68

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What they say:

The 7th release of handsome Ibisco Decanters, full of Bourbon cask matured single malt from the Edradour distillery in the Scottish Highlands. As with previous releases, this one has been bottled at natural cask strength, a pleasing 56.5% ABV. It was distilled in February 2003 and bottled in August 2014 with an outturn of 705 decanters.

What I say:

Another sample from Edradour distillery, thanks to Crystal Coverdale (Twitter @EdgyLassie) who during her season as a tour guide there picked up some choice examples. These later came to Edinburgh during her time managing SMWS The Vaults before winging their way in part to me as bottles were emptied as Crystal prepared to return home to Canada.

Colour:

18ct / yellow gold (7/20), slow-forming droplet tears leave fine legs

Nose:

Fresh fruit including apple. pear, tangerine, peach & apricot – a medley served in rich vanilla custard, a little spirit and a touch perfumed more citrus zest and later some nutty coconut and almond

Taste:

Apple apple apple! Apple and lime juice, perfumed floral blossom (apple), sweet heather honey, biscuit malt, lemon puff biscuits, vanilla custard on apple crumble, pear tart, and some tangy orange juice. Reduced with water a much creamier vanilla comes out

Finish:

Medium, fruity and tart apples, some oak wood persists

Overall:

Packed full with sacks and sacks of fresh apples! A little tart and tangy in places but lovely to drink and quite interesting, hard to tell if I preferred neat or reduced – which is good as this dram has mileage too if you prefer it watered down.

Score: 83/100

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