Edradour 2006 11 Years Old Bourbon Decanter (2017)
Probably won’t be long now before I make my return to Edradour. It might’ve already happened by the time that this review is published (I always make sure to work a few weeks, even months ahead). My first visit left something to be desired, but I’m happy to do an encore.
For now, I’ll settle for a liquid taste of the distillery, in the form of a cask strength, bourbon matured version. About as pure as you can get, how can I not like that?
Edradour 2006 Bourbon Decanter (59.2%, OB, 2017)
Nose: A vanilla overdose with loads of Haribo Bananas. It settles after a while, though never completely disappearing. It has a slight floral note. Whiffs of clove, as well as cocoa powder, cereal husks and saw dust.
Taste: Intense and spicy, with subtle vanilla, a whiff of dried apricots and big notes of cracked black peppercorns. Very creamy, but I feel this might benefit from water. Let me try. Meh, not really. It brings out too much oak.
Finish: Lingering spices and oak, with a surprising note of lemon zest. Medium in length.
Slightly rough and extreme, this Edradour does have some complexity to offer, but you do have to search for it.
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Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.