Visiting Edradour, the Smallest Whisky Distillery in Scotland

Updated on April 22, 2018
Looking up at Edradour Distillery near Pitlochry. Scotland's Smallest Distillery and a great place to visit while in the Highlands, especially if you love whisky!
Looking up at Edradour Distillery near Pitlochry. Scotland's Smallest Distillery and a great place to visit while in the Highlands, especially if you love whisky! | Source

The Edradour Distillery has prided itself on being the smallest whisky distillery in Scotland since its beginnings in the 1800s. Founded in 1825, the distillery now welcomes a huge 100,000 visitors a year through its gates. It's located just outside the popular Highland tourist town of Pitlochry to the south of the majestic Cairngorm Mountain Range.

It's well worth a visit if you love your scotch or are simply a tourist in the area looking to pass an hour or two seeing something of the local culture and traditions.

I visited Edradour on a three-day trip up to the area for some whisky sampling and a couple of day's of skiing at Glenshee. I also managed to visit Glenturret Distillery and Tullibardine Distillery on the trip, although Edradour was the real highlight.

How to pronounce Edradour correctly
How to pronounce Edradour correctly

Origins of Edradour and It's Location

The name Edradour come's from the land where the whisky is made. It comes from the gaelic language Eadar Dhà Dhobhar which roughly translates as "between two rivers" although when viewed on the map it's hard to see the 'between' section

The Edradour Distillery lies alongside the Edradour Burn which flows into the River Tummel which in turn joins with the River Garry- hence the translation involving the two rivers.

Where Is the Edradour Distillery?

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Edradour- Scotland's Smallest Whisky Distillery

Looking from the car park towards the visitor centre for the Edradour Distillery
Looking from the car park towards the visitor centre for the Edradour Distillery | Source

Driving to Edradour From Pitlochry and the A9

From Pitlochry, follow the A924 road which is signposted to Braemar and you should also see signs for the Edradour Distillery. This road climbs up through Moulin, past the Moulin Hotel and the Moulin Inn with its own microbrewery on-site (worth a visit). Around 1 mile after the Moulin hotel, the A924 sharply bends to the left. Take the right turn here onto a quiet country road signposted "Edradour".

Edradour Distillery is in the dip once you drive through the small village with parking opposite the main distillery entrance.

Decorative whisky barrels at Edradour's Malt Barn entrance
Decorative whisky barrels at Edradour's Malt Barn entrance | Source

Tours of Scotland's Smallest Distillery

As with many of Scotland's historic whisky distilleries, Edradour offers a tour of the distillery to showcase it's production methods and products as well as the standard practice of sampling a 'wee dram.'

Tour's run every hour, on the hour although operating times vary depending on the times of the and cost a reasonable £7.50 although the distillery can get very busy during peak periods and therefore it's recommended to make a booking where possible. You can do that by calling the visitor centre on 00 44 (0) 1796 472095 to ensure your place.

Despite its relatively small size, Edradour is a great distillery to visit. They've worked exceptionally well on their presentation when compared to other distilleries. At the Edradour you get the feeling of being at a well-kept artisan whisky distillery where pride is taken over everything. From cleanliness to the intricacy, Edradour is a real treat.

A History of the Edradour Distillery

Production on the site dates back to 1825 and the beginnings of legal whisky production in Scotland. Although actual whisky production on the current site was founded in 1837.

In 2002 the Edradour Distillery was purchased by Andrew Symington's Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Company for an alleged sum of £5.4 million gbp. For the previous 20 years, the distillery had been owned by the French Pernod- Ricard company.

It is rumoured that the distillery was also indirectly owned by the Mafia in the 1920s prohibition era. The US market played a key role in the success of the distillery during this time and much of the production was rumoured to make its way across to the USA at this time.

Edradour Distillery in fauna. The site is very well kept and is very geared up to visitor tours.
Edradour Distillery in fauna. The site is very well kept and is very geared up to visitor tours. | Source
Edradour 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky- Un-chill filtered 2001
Edradour 10 Year Old Single Malt Whisky- Un-chill filtered 2001 | Source

Liam Hallam's Score For The Edradour 10 Year Old Whisky

4 stars for Edradour 10 Year Old

Tasting Edradour's 10 Year Old Single Malt. The Liam Hallam Review

A personal review of the 10 year old

The Edradour 10 year old is an unusual Highland malt with a unique taste. As well as a decidedly rum-like texture.

Colour- Straw, honey, medium amber,

Nose Notes- A distinct caramel smell, Wet seaweed, roasted peanuts, dried fruits, stale Christmas cake, sea salt, sugared almonds and stewed apples.

Palate- A salty caramel edge

Finish- Warm with a medium body with sweet caramel notes with a dark chocolate ending.

A Review From The Edradour Experts

We hope you've enjoyed an insight into Edradour.

I had a wonderful experience at Edradour. There's a warm welcome for all, a fantastic visitor centre with a great gift shop and some fantastic people involved.

Well worth a visit if you're looking for a whisky distillery close to Pitlochry or near to a base in the Cairngorm's.

Happy tasting (Responsibly of course!)

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        Liam Hallam 

        5 years ago from Nottingham UK

        Thanks dommcg. It's amazing what you learn when you delve deep into things. I was quite shocked at the mafia connections. It's well worth a trip if you're in the area and a nice drink too

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        dommcg 

        5 years ago

        Great hub, looks like a fun tour. Very interesting to note that there we mafia connections and the distillery supplied the thirsty souls of prohibition America.

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