I was impressed by the 2011 cask #30 and got my hands on a few samples of similar Edradours from van Wees / The Ultimate, so let's see how they compare.

1.6 (Mahogany)


Soft, considering the strength. Sharp and fresh sherry, cinnamon, oranges, perfume, mint. Lots going on, interesting and enjoyable.


I expected a similar attack like cask #30 offered, but this here is considerably quieter. Certainly a sherry bomb in every way, though. Thick, spicy and fruity.


Here's when things sadly turn a bit worse. The spirit cannot really hold back some burned, rubbery notes and is rather short. Not at all like #30, which grew rather than took a wrong turn. We do get a nice warmth and some spice but the burnt toast sadly ruins the last part of this experience.

In many ways different from the one other bottling I've had. I do have another 9y Edradour from van Wees / The Ultimate waiting on me so it will be interesting to see how it hold up against #30 and #389. This was in every way fine and tasty up until the finish. Nothing exactly bad tasting, but it just didn't make it all the way. Nose - excellent. Palate - tasty. Finish - meh. A good whisky still, but not close to the fantastic #30.


79 / 100
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