With George Stephen and associates
Most malt whiskies bottled by the distillery owners are a marriage of several different casks. These big cask vattings are then often chill-filtered and coloured with the addition of varying amounts of caramel before being bottled. Even whiskies that are not chill-filtered are normally bright-filtered. Chill-filtration – when the spirit is chilled to freezing point or below prior to bottling – is done for cosmetic reasons, as it removes any possibility of cloudiness. Unfortunately, it also removes many of the natural fats, oils and flavours in the whisky which in turn removes a great deal of the individual character of a whisky as the esters, or flavour congeners, in the spirit tend to gather around these fats. The more a whisky is chilled when filtering, therefore, the greater the proportion of fats and esters are removed. And caramel has its own flavour, which is added to that of the whisky. In fact, the majority of malt whiskies are treated in this way when bottled. Bright filtering also removes a large part of these fats and esters with losses of around two to three percent of the cask volume when bottling.
The loss when bottling our Blackadder single cask whiskies is normally less than one percent and less than half a percent in the case of Blackadder Raw Cask. Blackadder believes in bottling only whiskies that are completely natural – thus keeping alive the centuries old traditions by which they are first lovingly distilled and then carefully aged over the years they spend silently maturing in cask. Blackadder is Robin Tucek, co-author with John Lamond of The Malt Whisky File (now over 150,000 copies in print).
Blackadder Peat Reek 730992
Blackadder 1986 Blairfindy 730992
Blackadder 1988 Mortlach 758345
All Blackadder whiskies are his personal selection.
“As a young company in an industry where time is of the greatest importance, we can afford to be patient.”
Founded in 2010, the origins of the company are rooted in the decades we have spent growing up in and around the Scotch whisky industry, and our respect and passion for the spirit this history has instilled. With a label inspired by the classic elegance of an antique manuscript, the First Editions brand is the mark of quality which appears across our core range of single-cask bottlings of malt whisky.
We review our maturing stocks on a monthly basis, drawing samples from casks we believe may be ready for bottling. Always mindful of the benefits of a whisky being from just one cask, we will bottle it when we feel it is at its best for drinking rather than being influenced by “round” ages such as 18, or 25 years old.
767200 1998 Ben Nevis 15 year old
767068 1998 Tamdhu 16 year old
763337 1995 Jura 18 year old
767199 1997 Auchentoshan 16 year old
767066 1994 Highland Park 17 year old
762534 1991 Glen Scotia 21 year old
767067 1992 Strathmill 21 year old
763338 1999 Laphroaig 14 year old
With George Stephen and Associates
Edradour is a unique, single Highland malt whisky, to be enjoyed in recognition of those small, significant moments that make up the ebb and flow of life. Edradour is produced in Scotland’s smallest distillery – and is hand made today as it was over 150 years ago by just three men who are devoted to the time-honoured methods of whisky making. Indeed equipment used at the distillery has remained unchanged since the day the distillery opened and is only just capable of producing commercial quantities. Only 12 casks of whisky are produced a week, making Edradour single malt a rare pleasure for a fortunate few.
If you manage to find it, you will be one of the few people lucky enough to experience its charm – golden in the glass, smooth and creamy with a nutty, honeyed finish.
EDRADOUR 10 YEARS OLD 727788
EDRADOUR CALEDONIA 739876
EDRADOUR SFTC CHARD 754051
EDRADOUR SFTC SHERRY 754056
EDRADOUR SFTC BURGUNDY 754050
EDRADOUR SFTC BAROLO 754049
EDRADOUR SFTC PORT 754055