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Issue 40 - Back for more at Edradour

Whisky Magazine Issue 40
June 2004


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Back for more at Edradour

It's four years since our mystery visitor was at Edradour, and a lot has happened since then. So what's the tour like now?

It's been some four years since I reported on Edradour and, as nearly two years have passed since this tiny distillery was sold to the enterprising Andrew Symington and his Signatory operation, a repeat visit seemed overdue. After all, perhaps there had been some vast expansion, with production cranked up and the stills running red hot.

I needn't have worried. The operation is still as small, quirky and traditional in style as it ever was and there seem few obvious signs of change.

My visit coincided with the arrival of a group of backpackers, ideal conditions for mystery visiting as one can quietly blend into the background. This set me to thinking about whisky tourism, however.

I wasn't convinced that my group were really interested in whisky, seemingly more absorbed by pair bonding amongst themselves than the mysteries of chill filtration and worm tubs. Why were they here, I wondered? Clearly, they weren't hardcore enthusiasts, judging by the unfinished drams left standing in the tasting room.

Passing up the temptation to polish off their glasses (after all, it wouldn't do to draw attention to oneself) I tagged on to their tour – and enjoyed what they were, in general, ignoring.

Edradour is, in fact, something of a time capsule, being the closest you can get today to the traditional farm distilleries that were at one time so common across this part of central Perthshire.

The history remains in features such as the last open wort cooler to be seen in Scotland and th...

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