Ledaig 11yo, 2005-2017, Cask Strength Collection
ABV: 57.3%
Region: Highlands (Isle of Mull)
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Signatory Vintage (specially selected for Germany)
Cask type: 1st-Fill Sherry Butt (#900154, 653 btl.)

 

Colour: Pale amber.
Nose: There's instantly smoke on the nose with a delicate sweetness of dried fruit - cherries and plums in particular. This is accompanied by smoked ham, maritime and slightly medicinal notes, followed by a hint of tobacco leaves in the back.
Palate: Bold and intense on the palate with smoke and medicinal flavours at first. Warming alcohol, nicely mixed with black pepper. Then the creamy fruitiness arrives with plums and cherries, along with vanilla and some more red fruits. Lingering notes of cloves, nutmeg and allspice towards the finish, all wrapped in delicate smoke.
Finish: The finish is long, warm and slightly sweet with subtle black pepper, burnt caramel and dry oak on the tail. Nicely mouth-coating.
With water: Water tames the sweetness and delicate fruity flavours bringing more peat smoke and medicinal flavours to the fore. There's also more medicinal notes on the palate with iodine and gauze bandage. Less sweet but more dry oak towards the finish. The finish is still long, spicy and warming with subtle fruity flavours and dry peat smoke on the tail.
Comments: Although having been matured in a first fill sherry butt for 11 years, this Ledaig is instantly recognisable. Delicate smoky character with spicy elements and a pleasantly balancing sweetness, along with delicate fruity components. Perfect to enjoy neat. No water please as this islander becomes very dry and smoky.

 

I thank Kirsch Whisky - The House of Whiskies for the sample and the photograph!


Ledaig, 1999-2015, Connoisseurs Choice
ABV: 46%
Region: Highlands (Isle of Mull)
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail
Cask type: Refill American Hogsheads

 

Colour: White wine.
Nose: The nose starts off with a deep peatiness, followed by gauze bandage, rubber and some herbal/grainy notes. Behind that fruity flavours of green apples, lemons and peaches arrive, nicely lingering with hints of walnuts, seaweed and tender spiced oak in the back.
Palate: Clean and fresh on the palate! Deliciously sweet and fruity with apricots and stewed green apples, immediately followed by an intensely warming spiciness of pepper, crystallised ginger, cloves and a lovely peat fire. Herbal notes, hints of sea salt and smoke towards the finish.
Finish: The finish shows good length with a slightly warming spiciness, complemented by creamy fruit, barley sugar, crisp peat, seaweed and a hint of smoke on the tail.
With water: Water significantly tames the fruitiness and sweetness, bringing more phenols, ashy and maritime flavours to the fore. On the palate, however, the lovely aroma of peaches and lemons is still very present, well balanced with ginger, spiced oak, cloves, peat and subtle seaweed. The finish is medium long, warm and spicy with creamy vanilla, acacia honey, oak and ginger. Subtle peat smoke on the tail.
Comments: A full-bodied and lovely peaty dram with a delicate filigree orchard fruitiness. Well-balanced with oak spice, tangy sweetness, lingering smokiness and a maritime edge. Typical Ledaig, instantly recognisable. Would recommed to add a few drops of water as the lovely fruitiness develops nicely at least on my palate.

 

I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample and the photograph!


Ledaig 10yo, 2005-2016, Cask Strength Collection
ABV: 56.8%
Region: Highlands (Isle of Mull)
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Signatory Vintage
Cask type: 1st-Fill Sherry Butt (#900148, 640 btl.)

 

Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Instantly fresh sea air with maritime notes and peat smoke on the nose, supported by medicinal flavours and a whiff of ozone. Lingering malty sweetness and a touch of banana bread underneath. Vigorous but pleasant.
Palate: Delicate sweetness of malted barley pleasantly mixed with fruity elements of apricots and orange peel. This is complemented by a warming spiciness of oak, white pepper, cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Becomes creamy on the palate with honey, caramel, and oatcakes, all deliciously covered by lingering peat smoke.
Finish: The finish is long, sweet and very creamy with cereal, a slightly fruity sweetness and warming peat smoke. Nicely mouth-coating.
With water: Water tames the intensity of the maritime flavours on the nose significantly bringing citric notes and yellow fruits to the fore. Sweet and deliciously fruity on the palate with a slightly tamed but still pleasantly warming spiciness. The finish is long, sweet and creamy with a lingering peat note on the tail.
Comments: Although having been matured in a first fill sherry butt for 10 years, the distillery character here is unmistakable! There are just enough other elements to balance. Very satisfying with a pleasant balancing sweetness and fruity components. Perfect to enjoy neat. A lovely example of an island whisky from Scotland.

 

I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample and the photograph!


Tobermory (Ledaig) 7yo, 2008-2015, C&S Dram Collection
ABV: 60.6%
Region: Highlands (Isle of Mull)
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: C&S Dram
Cask type: Refill Sherry Butt (#700696, 652 btl.)


Colour: Pale straw.
Nose: There's immediately smoke and peat along with a bit of alcohol and bitumen. Behind that, gentle citrus arrives with a hint of toffee and barley. Vigorous but delicate and pleasant on the nose.
Palate: A short but intense kick of sweetness, barley sugar and subtle yellow plums, before a huge load of spice - pepper, coriander, cardamom and clove - take over, complemented by gentle smoke and peat. A pleasant mouthfeel and extremely warming. Surprisingly, the alcohol is already very well integrated and not pungent at all.
Finish: The finish is deliciously long with warming spice, mainly coriander and clove, with a slightly sweetness and a whiff of smoke. Nicely mouth-coating.
With water: Water tames the intensity of the flavours on the nose significantly bringing the citrus flavours to the fore. On the palate, there is less spiciness and a bit more sweetness with a long and lingering spicy finish.
Comments: Boy - what an incredible intense and flavourful young whisky. Appears to be much older than just seven years. A harmonious balance of smoke, hot spices and delicate flavours of a refill sherry butt. Quite impressive and a real bargain. Well done indeed!


I thank Caminneci - Wine & Spirit Partner for sample and photograph!


Ledaig 10yo, 2005-2015, Bourbon Cask, Best Dram
ABV: 51.2%
Region: Highlands (Isle of Mull)
Price per bottle: °°
Bottling: Best Dram
Cask type: Bourbon cask



Colour: Pale straw.
Nose: Oh yes, this is typical Ledaig. Soft peat with a gentle smoke. Smoked bacon with hints of salt. Notes of malted barley with prickling iodine and a touch of spice, black pepper and maybe some juniper. Fine tones of dried fruit. Well-balanced.
Palate: Bold and delicate, medium-bodied and quite rich. Smoke and smoked bacon, together with fruity sweetness are complemented with charred oak. Lingering sweet malted barley and fine vanilla convoyed by crisp iodine and seaweed. Very pleasant.
Finish: Medium-length and warm. Sweet creaminess end with prickling black pepper and long-standing smoke.
With water: Smoke, peat and smoked bacon take a back seat in favour of fruity sweetness and creamy vanilla.
Comments: So much going on but all well balanced and integrated. Perfect companion for a barbecue. A tasty, creamy and smoky Ledaig for a reasonable price. Gorgeous.

I thank the German independent bottler Best Dram for sample and photo.