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Issue 40 - BackformoreatEdradour

Whisky Magazine Issue 40
June 2004

 

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BackformoreatEdradour

It'sfouryearssinceourmysteryvisitorwasatEdradour,andalothashappenedsincethen.Sowhat'sthetourlikenow?

It'sbeensomefouryearssinceIreportedonEdradourand,asnearlytwoyearshavepassedsincethistinydistillerywassoldtotheenterprisingAndrewSymingtonandhisSignatoryoperation,arepeatvisitseemedoverdue.Afterall,perhapstherehadbeensomevastexpansion,withproductioncrankedupandthestillsrunningredhot.

Ineedn'thaveworried.Theoperationisstillassmall,quirkyandtraditionalinstyleasiteverwasandthereseemfewobvioussignsofchange.

Myvisitcoincidedwiththearrivalofagroupofbackpackers,idealconditionsformysteryvisitingasonecanquietlyblendintothebackground.Thissetmetothinkingaboutwhiskytourism,however.

Iwasn'tconvincedthatmygroupwerereallyinterestedinwhisky,seeminglymoreabsorbedbypairbondingamongstthemselvesthanthemysteriesofchillfiltrationandwormtubs.Whyweretheyhere,Iwondered?Clearly,theyweren'thardcoreenthusiasts,judgingbytheunfinisheddramsleftstandinginthetastingroom.

Passingupthetemptationtopolishofftheirglasses(afterall,itwouldn'tdotodrawattentiontooneself)Itaggedontotheirtour–andenjoyedwhattheywere,ingeneral,ignoring.

Edradouris,infact,somethingofatimecapsule,beingtheclosestyoucangettodaytothetraditionalfarmdistilleriesthatwereatonetimesocommonacrossthispartofcentralPerthshire.

ThehistoryremainsinfeaturessuchasthelastopenwortcoolertobeseeninScotlandandtheexternalwormtubsthatcondensethevapoursfromthestill.It'salittlelikegazingatthepagesofatextbook,exceptinthreedimensions,andwiththeknowledgethatforafewpoundsthisliquidheritagecanbeyours.

I'mencouragedthatthisoperationhaspassedfromthegiantcorporate...

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