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No: 32
Producer: Campbell Distillers
Region: Highlands
District: Midlands  -   Multimap view
OS Sheet 53 ; Map reference NN 95 58 ; Latitude 56 42.4° N, Longitude 3 42.5° W
Founded 1825 ; Operating Status (1999): operating

The smallest distillery in Scotland. Edradour is the last original "farm" distillery with some very traditional equipment. It likes to trace its history back to the beginning of legal whisky production in the Highlands, in 1825, though the present distillery is believed to have been founded in 1837. The distillery is at the hamlet of Balnauld, above the town of Pitlochry. This small, remote distillery is reputed to have done a busy trade with American customers during Prohibition. A story that it was later indirectly owned for a lengthy period by the Mafia has not been substantiated. It produces as much malt whisky in a year as some distilleries can make in a week and has a staff of three. Its water rises on Moulin Moor through peat and granite, reaching the surface a few hundred yards from the distillery. The company says it uses [lightly peated] local barley. Its stills are the smallest in Scotland, and that must contribute to the distinctive richness of the malt. Stills any smaller than those at Edradour would not be permitted by Customs and Excise for fear that they could be operated in a secret hiding place.
© Michael Jackson 1994

They say that their Mash Tun has a one ton capacity and they cool the wort using Scotland's only remaining Morton refrigerator. They do 4 weekly mashes, each producing 480 gallons of wort and thus 150 gallons of spirit per week. The whisky is matured in Oloroso sherry casks.
jhb, o.m.

Distillery rating: 4*

Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5JP
Tel: 01796-472095

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