Edradour 2003 9 yo PTM

24 drams till Christmas 2016 #19: Edradour 2003 9 yo PTM

Edradour 2003 9 yo PTMDram data:
Distillery: Edradour
Bottler: official bottling for LMDW
Distilled: 2003
Bottled: 2012
Age: 9
Limitation: 247
Casks: refill ex-Caol Ila hogshead
Alcohol: 61,2%
unchillfiltered and uncoloured
Whiskybase link

PTM? What the heck is PTM? Yet another three-letter abbreviation. Well, it stands for “peated through maturation”. Fill your Edradour new make into a hoggie which was previously used to mature heavily peated Caol Ila whisky – and the idea is that some of the peat smoke carries over. Let’s see whether the theory works!

Tasting notes:
Colour:
 gold
Ah yes, there’s definitely peat smoke on the nose! Not on the same scale as heavily peated Islay whiskies, but it’s there. Very similar to the inaugural Wolfburn bottling, where they applied the same technique. Surprisingly mellow for over 60% alcohol! We’ve got light peat smoke, vanilla, coconut, strawberry marshmallows, Kiwi, lime and heather. Light, but in no way boring. Let’s try the palate: Again – 61,2% ABV? Very gentle initially on the arrival. Thick, oily, with a hint of peat and a nice cask sweetness. About 10 seconds in the alcohol starts its attack, but I’ve had harsher tasting 46% whiskies. You don’t actually need water here… Quite creamy and oily, mouth-coating, with vanilla, vanilla pudding, malt, red apples and Kiwi. Let’s try again with water for scientific purposes: Instant Scotch mist! Less alcohol, but it stays creamy, with loads of cask sweetness and light fruity notes. The medium long finish has a nice punch upon swallowing, immediately followed by light peat smoke and a creamy sweetness.

Verdict:
This was a fun dram to taste! A very good Edradour base distillate matured in an excellent refill cask which also provided a bit of peat smoke aroma. This was bottled back in 2012, so probably unobtainable by now – I hope they’ll repeat the experiment!
There is just one thought on my mind right now: What about the peaty Caol Ila still soaked in to the cask’s staves upon filling – wouldn’t this technically be a blended malt? Well, the regulations on this are straightforward – it is not. It would only be a blended malt, had they put a teaspoon of Caol Ila distillate in liquid form (at least that’s how I understand it, correct me if I’m wrong). Anyway, that’s just the mind of a whisky geek wandering off…
Tasty stuff, this!

Score: 86/100
(Nose: 85 Palate: 87 Finish: 86)

Thanks to my brother Johannes for the dram (or, technically, to myself, because I bought it for him as a present… :D)

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