Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, Perthshire
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Edradour is commonly referred to as Scotland’s smallest distillery. It produces eighteen casks per week.
The distillery produces a range of single malt whiskies, all of which are made from barley that has been malted on site. The water used in the production process comes from Ben Vrackie Springs, which comes from the hill of the same name that overlooks Pitlochry.
The Edradour Distillery is located in Pitlochry in the heart of Perthshire, one of the whisky-making regions of Scotland. The distillery was founded in 1825 and later owned by Pernod Ricard until 2002 when it was bought by the Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Company.
Edradour Distillery, Casks in Warehouse
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Scotlands’s Smallest Whisky Distillery
Edradour is Scotland’s smallest distillery, traditionally there were just three men who ran this small distillery, these days there are only two men working on the site.
The whiskies produced at the Edradour Distillery are highly acclaimed by whisky aficionados around the world, and they continue to win awards year after year. Two of their most popular whisky bottlings include the Edradour 10-year-old and the Edradour Caledonia single malt whisky.
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The Edradour Distillery Signature Whisky
The Edradour 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the distillery’s flagship product. This award-winning whisky is made from Scottish barley that has been malted on-site, and it is matured in ex-bourbon casks for a minimum of 10 years. The result is a smooth and rich whisky with hints of vanilla, honey, and citrus.
A single cask release by Edradour Distillery that was specially selected by songwriter Dougie Maclean and named after his famous song, Caledonia. This handmade single malt whisky is a small batch bottling. The Caledonia features in both our Taste Talk Kit and as part of our current Dunkled Flings.
Edradour Distillery Tours
The Edradour whisky distillery tour is a must-visit for any whisky lover looking for whisky tasting experiences in the Scottish Highlands. Not only is it the smallest distillery in Scotland, but it also produces some of the finest single malt whiskies in the world. The distillery tour at their visitor centre is an excellent way to learn about the whisky-making process, and you’ll get to sample a few of the products at the end.
Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry, Perthshire
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How do I get to the Edradour Distillery?
The easiest way to get to the Edradour Distillery is by car. Pitlochry is located just over an hour’s drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, making it a convenient day trip from either city. There is also a regular bus service from both cities to Pitlochry.
Address: Perthshire, Pitlochry PH16 5JP
Tel: 01796 472095
When is the best time to visit the Edradour Distillery?
The Edradour Distillery is usually open year-round, but since Covid, the distillery shop is closed and the visitor centre is closed to tourists. When they eventually reopen the distillery the best time to visit is during the spring or summer when the weather is more favourable. That said, Pitlochry is a popular tourist destination so it can be busy during these months. If you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons of April-May or September-October.
Edradour Distillery Panoramic
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How did the Edradour Distillery get its name?
The name “Edradour” comes from the Gaelic Eadar Dhà Dhobhar and means “between two rivers”. This refers to the distillery’s location between the rivers Tay and Tummel.
What can I do at the Edradour Distillery?
The Edradour Distillery offers a variety of tours that allow visitors to learn about the whisky-making process and taste some of the final product. The distillery also has a shop where you can purchase bottles of whisky, as well as other Edradour-branded merchandise.
Is Edradour Distillery worth visiting?
Even though Edradour is the smallest whisky distillery in Scotland it’s still well worth a visit when they’re open. Their visitor tours are considered one of the best in the Highlands and their visitor centre is an enjoyable day out where you’ll receive a warm welcome and of course, get to enjoy a dram or two of their fine whisky in their tasting room.
Is the distillery accessible?
The Edradour Distillery is located on a main road in Pitlochry and is therefore easily accessible by car or public transport. There is also a car park at the distillery for those travelling by car. The ground floor of the visitor centre is wheelchair accessible, however, as you can imagine, being the smallest whisky distillery in Scotland, the site is not very big. The tour does involve stairs so may not be suitable for everyone.
What makes Edradour distillery different from other distilleries in Scotland?
Edradour is unique in that it is the smallest whisky distillery in Scotland. The distillery produces a limited amount of whisky each year, which contributes to its exclusivity. In addition, Edradour uses traditional methods of production, which results in a smooth and distinctive flavour.