Mash Tun at Edradour

Mash Tun at Edradour Distillery

This evening, my focus is on Edradour Distillery in central Scotland.

Edradour is Scotland’s smallest, legal whisky distillery and is located close to the popular tourist town of Pitlochry. Combination of location and visitor friendly facilities results in huge volumes of visitors each year. Edradour attracts both whisky aficionados and general tourists who are just seeking an ‘overview’ of the whisky making process.

At Edradour visitors are provided with a short film and then a conducted tour which follows the entire whisky making process from the initial malting and mashing of the barley through fermentation, distillation and maturation. Because of the small scale operation the tour experience is very ‘intimate’ and affords a direct connection with the manufacturing process.

Edradour is one of the few Scottish whisky distilleries still under private ownership. The owner ( see image no  below) takes great pride in producing a wide range of specialist whiskies which can be purchased on site at the distillery shop.

I invariably include Edradour in my Scotland tours  with first scheduled 2011 visit due March.

Here are the two copper stills

Whisky Stills at Edradour

Whisky Stills at Edradour Distillery

Tour Guide in full flow.

Tour Group at Edradour

Tour Group at Edradour Distillery

Overview of the distillery buildings. Like many Scottish distilleries, Edradour evolved from a farming enterprise.

Edradour Distillery Buildings

Edradour Distillery Buildings, Pitlochry

Condensing the vapours into alcohol. 

Condenser at Edradour Distillery

Condenser at Edradour Whisky Distillery

Moving the casks by hand. Being such a small operation, much of the work is still undertaken in the traditional manner.

Moving Whisky at Edradour

Moving Whisky Cask at Edradour

Proud proprietor advising guest on whisky choice.

Sampling Whisky at Edradour

Sampling Whisky at Edradour Distillery

Wide choice of specialist whiskies on sale in the distillery shop.

Finished Product at Edradour

Finished Product at Edradour Distillery

Elsewhere today, have been working on various tours for 2011. Received an enquiry re a short Highlands tour for a small group. Also learned that one of my guests for later in the year is ‘trapped’ somewhere in Egypt-fingers crossed he will find a safe way out.

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