Ledaig 2005/2017 (56.6%, Signatory Vintage for La Maison du Whisky)
A simple feather light label, that’s perfect. Colour: gold. Nose: the cask has been active, this has got butterscotch, croissants, vanilla, also peat smoke, lit cigar, creosote, burnt parsley, roasted pecans, a touch of natural rubber… So not our average Ledaig, but this works greatly. With water: flabbergasting. Yeasty/smoky, as if they had distilled some manzanilla. Mouth (neat): amazingly sharp, millimetric, blade-y, lemony, smoky, and herbal. Caraway, chives, aniseed, juniper, all that being smoked to the bones. With water: perfect. What a spirit! And a superb wee sourness in the back, as in a great chenin. Blanc, that would be chenin blanc. Finish: long, very race-y, elegant, with just the right amount of lemons and peat smoke. Comments: ssshhh… SGP:467 - 91 points.