Review No.197. Edradour Caledonia 12 Year Old

Following on from the Ballechin 10 year old is this Edradour 12 year old.  I have previously reviewed the 10 year old and I found it to be quite challenging to figure out and to get beyond the raw spirit notes.  I didn’t intend to revisit this range soon after but I had a change of heart after Ralfy (well known vlogger) gave this 12 year old a glowing review.  I normally look for a number of opinions before I make a decision to try a whisky but when someone like Ralfy or Serge Valentin (well known blogger) offer glowing reviews then I tend to take notice.  Not only because of their vast experience but also because I believe they have integrity.  Oh…also, I didn’t fork out for a full bottle and instead purchased a miniature so the financial outlay was minimal.  Let’s see if this 12 year old Edradour changes my opinion about the distillery.


Whisky: Edradour Caledonia 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%

Nose: Pepper, floral, honey, heather, earth, salt, roasted nuts, red meat, fusile, solvent, leather, chilli

Taste: Pepper, earth, spice, metallic, vanilla, butterscotch, honey

Finish: Pepper, chilli, oak, dry

Score: 3.25

Summary: There is so much on the nose to this one that makes it difficult to summarise.  There was such an array of aromas that I was beginning to doubt whether they were actually there or if it was my imagination.  The one thing for certain is that there is a distinct savoury/meaty note along with a diesel/solvent characteristic.  This may sound gross to some of you but it is quite nice to smell – if you like the smell of fuel.  On the taste things become a bit more simpler.   That savouriness is toned down and instead I got pepper and earthy notes along with some ex-bourbon cask notes of vanilla and butterscotch.  As this develops further the spice and pepper notes dominate to the extent that the ex-bourbon notes are diminished somewhat.  I think with a full bottle and more time this will offer more and that I have probably just touched the surface with my 5cl miniature sample.  An interesting single malt from Edradour that doesn’t suffer from the deficiencies of the 10 year old.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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