Edradour Week began on Monday with an 11 yo distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2020 for Specs in Texas. Here today is a 10 yo distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2020 for Specs in Texas. Like Monday’s whisky (and also Friday’s) it is from a single oloroso sherry cask. I quite liked Monday’s 11 yo and am curious to see how much variation, if any, there will be in this one. My suspicion is there will not be a lot of variation as there tends to be a reversion to a heavy oloroso mean in young whiskies. But the proof is in the glass. Let’s get to it.
Edradour 10, 2010 (57.4%; oloroso cask 115 for Specs; from a bottle split)
Nose: Very similar to Monday’s 11 yo except with less of the nuts and ginger. Instead, more red fruit; the old-timey medicine bottle rubber gaskets/stoppers are here too though. Saltier as it sits and the fruit gets richer as well, with apricot and some orange peel joining the red fruit. As with the other, more malt here with time but the fruit is in the lead. Water softens it further and brings out more malt along with a fair bit of vanilla cream.
Palate: Rasiny sweetness shot through with a big vein of pencil lead/graphite. A nice texture and it’s not too hot at all at full strength. The fruit expands here too with time with some dried orange peel and there’s an earthy note as well (dried mushrooms?). With time the oak and the acidic notes emerge earlier. With water there’s more oak and there’s a slight bitter note now.
Finish: Long. More acidic here and also more dry as the oak finally emerges, bringing a spicy bite with it. As on the palate with water.
Comments: Frankly, there’s not a whole lot between this one and Monday’s 11 yo. I liked that one better with water, I preferred this one neat. No need to change the score.
Rating: 87 points.