Edradour 16 (Spec’s Single Cask Selection Bordeaux Finish) Review

This is a 16 year Edradour that was finished in a Bordeaux cask. It was a single cask selected by Spec’s liquor store and bottled at 56.1%.

Nose: Overarching mineral notes in a mixture of rum soaked raisins, molasses, apple crisp, and just a hint of rubber. Nice blend of tart and sweet fruit notes throughout.

Palate: Even fruitier here with cranberry muffins, plums, cherries, and almond extract.

Finish: Cranberries and apples with bitter cocoa – dries out fairly quickly.

Rating: 87/100 – I really enjoy these interesting Edradour finishes as their malt takes well to them.

Value for the money: Looks like this retails around $160 which I think is fairly reasonable.

Edradour 9 (Binny’s 2006/2015 Cotes Du Provence Matured Cask #168) Review

This is a 9 year Edradour selected by Binny’s that was matured in a Cotes Du Provence cask and bottled at 56.7% ABV.

Nose: Big pineapple juice notes up front before thick red wine notes overtake with dark chocolate covered berries and a buttery malt. The nose is a bit fleeting at times oddly enough – sometimes seeming quite hollow and distant.

Palate: The Cotes Du Provence notes lead off with loads of dark fruits: plums, black cherry, blackberries, etc. Some cocoa in there with just a bit of malt flavor coming through – mostly just wine dominant.

Finish: Dries out quickly as the wine notes fade – subtle sawdust and acetone notes are left over.

Rating: 80/100 – Tastes more like a wine than a malt at most times, but interesting if you like a very heavy maturation like that.

Value for the money: Guessing this retailed around $100 which is an ok price for something as unique as this.

Edradour Ballechin 10 Year Review

This is a 10 year expression from the Ballechin (heavily peated) line from Edradour. It is a combination of ex-sherry and ex-bourbon cask maturations that’s bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Rubbery peat with strong new tennis ball artificial note – slight sherry comes through behind a salty malt.

Palate: New tennis ball note here again – very distracting as it has heavy chemical overtures. Strong peat with a watered down citrus note.

Finish: Peat lingers on with strong rubber notes.

Rating: 73/100 – I’ve had a few malts that have that new tennis ball note and each time I’ve found it highly distracting and oddly dominant.

Value for the money: This retails around $50 and it’s a pass for me.

Edradour 14 Single Cask Oloroso Finish (Spec’s Selection) Review

This is a 14 year old Edradour expression that was finished in Oloroso casks and selected by Spec’s liquor in Texas.

Nose: Big, rich sherry notes up front – no mistaking the oloroso finish. Raisins, black cherries, brown sugar, and grape juice.

Palate: Bold, fruity delivery with lots of spice. Black cherry, anise, cherry cough drops, and cocoa.

Finish: Currants, cherries, and barley linger with a bit of cinnamon and honey.

Rating: 90/100 – Much better than the standard Edradour 10 – a great cask selection.

Value for the money: I think this retailed for $100 which I would pay for another bottle.