Ledaig 2005 GM

Overall rating
86.37/100
votes
273
Whiskybase ID
WB102135
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Private Collection
Vintage
07.09.2005
Bottled
23.08.2017
Calculated age
11 years old
Casktype
26 months Hermitage Wood Finish
Number of bottles
4100
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
23/08/17 170982
Barcode
5020613064034
Added on
12 oct 2017 3:04 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 199.46

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273 × member ratings

460 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ledaig 2005 GM

48 users have left 49 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.37 points.

  1. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Wow. Very pleasant mixture of warm smoke and earthy-fruity wine notes. Intensive and mouthwash.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Campfire, forest floor. Cherries, red wine and mulled wine sweets.
      Incense, Christmas market and cinnamon.
      Oak, strawberries, blackberries and cloves.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily, smoky, warm.
      Campfire, pepper, red fruits.
      Herbs, spices and sweet fruit.
      Oak and espresso.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and warm
      Smoke, espresso, oak, wine and spices.

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  3. Jimbeau scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. DannyHill scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Funky, peppery, red wine, tart, balanced.

  5. Saftkenner scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An extremely elegant and graceful Ledaig, wonderfully balanced with a beautiful, finely sour fruit bouquet, enriched and surrounded by a pleasant smoky note.
    An extremely successful and well-ripened bottling, which could also have significantly more maturity years on the label than stated.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A downright elegant Ledaig nose with beautiful red, slightly tart fruits next to the smoke.
      Smokehouse by the sea, rose water, hibiscus blossom tea, dried cranberries, lingonberries, raisins, moist tobacco, malt, a hint of match scent, a slight hint of fully ripe quince, fine oak spice, dark red cherries.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very supple and full of body. Dark red grapes, espresso, tobacco, European oak, dark chocolate, dried orange slices, pickled cherries.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length finish. Red grapes, tobacco, smoldering herbs, grapefruit, dark chocolate.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky! Smoke and fruit perfectly coordinated, the wine barrel not too dominant.
    • Nose
      Sweet red fruits, wrapped in a tasty and inviting smoky note. There are red currants, raspberries, sweet blackberries, strawberries. Good fruit-smoke vote. The wine barrel shimmers through well without being obtrusive. A touch of pepper, some grated seaweed leaves.
    • Taste
      Sweet-smoky, mild start. Creamy and velvety, at the same time finely smoky. A compote made from currants, strawberries and cherries. Milk chocolate, cocoa powder, fresh cookie dough. Seeming earthy. Espresso beans.
    • Finish
      Very nice whisky! Smoke and fruit perfectly coordinated, the wine barrel not too dominant.

  7. Cubey666 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    remarkably interesting cask influence.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, leather shoes, some rubber, smoked fish, smoked bacon, some lemon, grasses, herbs, fresh wood, some honey and some caramel with warmth
    • Taste
      Grasses, herbs, nuts, wood, warm smoke, some ash, very light rubber, light pepper

  9. Svjatogor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    n: fragolino, sherry, little smoke & peat, berries, dry, leather, fruits, rose wine, sour, prosecco, strawberries
    t: fruits, dry, fragolino, prosecco, strawberries, full, spicy
    a: prosecco, fragolino, strawberries, oak, spicy, fruit, peat, pleasant

  10. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sulfur, old, rotten wood, smoke is only minimal in the background, dried fruits, herbs, grasses, a little lemon
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, nuts, lemon, dried herbs, some white coffee, pepper, smoke and ashes

  11. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Maybe not every evening, but he'll be happy to put him in a glass again, I like this Ledaig throwing dirt
    • Nose
      The Ledaig cowshed really bangs in the face here, you love or hate it, plus sweet red berries, the smoke level in the nose is not that strong (for me), sour, greasy, a little caramel, raspberry, boiled down, pleases for me, chocolate too, on the bitter side, after the first sip, I have Müller's milk strawberry in my nose
    • Taste
      wow, intense, full of aromas, more smoke here, cowshed! dirty, sour, cherries, dark, not really sweet, oily, the second sip starts off extremely creamy, chocolaty, great, if you let yourself into it, but already a bummer
    • Finish
      now nutty, burnt, roasted aromas, dirty, yes more cherry than raspberry, creamy, medium length

  12. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Delicious and exciting dram. The sulfur note surprised me a bit.
    • Nose
      Aromatic, greasy smoke. Breakfast bacon. Behind it, intense fruity aromas of red wine. Fine vinous acidity. Over time, it becomes sweeter, but also a little more oaky. A fine touch of sulfur. Great nose, exactly my thing!
    • Taste
      Surprisingly mild start. Creamy consistency. Salty, greasy wood smoke. Strong ham. Pleasantly spicy on the palate. Sour tobacco.
    • Finish
      Aromatic and quite long. Pleasantly spicy. Good portion of oak. Some sulfur in the throat.

  13. Captain.Islay scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Maritime, slightly tart and somewhat dirty, the red wine finish is noticeable with a few fruit, the slightly musty and salty character comes out more, quite ashy and tart finish with a little herbs, complex and interesting
    • Nose
      87 87
      Cranberries, mushy strawberries, currants, slightly musty smoke, old workshop, earthy, mint, a bit maritime, slightly salty
    • Taste
      87 87
      white pepper, red grapes, red apple, cranberries
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium length, ashy smoke, licorice, fennel, a little salt, earthy, mint, elderberry

  14. gossm01 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Subtle peat smoke, ripe fruit, citrus, acid, cheese
    • Taste
      88 88
      Slightly smoky, citrus, honey sweetness, oily, malty sweetness, dryness
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pleasantly mild, medium length

  15. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Crazy, it's like sticking your tongue out to sea. Boah is the salty one. Both in the nose and in taste. It's almost too violent for me. In contrast, neither the smoke nor the noble red wine finish can be felt. Salt, salt, salt.

  16. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Quite a good malt. The fruits are rather sour and the Ledaig smoke is nice, provided you like it.
    The taste of the "winey" mouthfeel bothers me. I don't like that with whiskys and have had it many times. I'm just not that big a fan of whisky from the wine barrel.

  18. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    very tasty, once it cost 70 €, would not annoy me to have bought a bottle for the price
    • Nose
      strong, cowshed, red berries ... later ashy-tart smoke, flower cut
    • Taste
      looks much stronger than 45%, berry fruit, cowshed, lots of bitter chocolate, meaty-spicy (towards the roast crust), earth
    • Finish
      Ash, charcoal, cocoa, pepper, long and warm

  20. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasty nose, but almost superimposed by the finish, if the smoke / musty dirtiness would have come through a bit more ...
    But the rear is great, which makes a great impression. I liked it.
    • Nose
      Viney notes beat first. Fruit sweetness of ripe berries, honey, light acidity. Smoke hardly, if then very covered, which could pass as a mustiness or a hint of sulfur.
    • Taste
      Honey sweetness, fruit gum, woody spiciness, candy, already soft ripe peach, berries. Little to feel from the smoke.
    • Finish
      When swallowing, the smoke suddenly sets in scene and makes a great play of sweetness, fruit and smokiness rise to the sweetly spicy finish.

  21. Martin1965 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Very idiosyncratic Ledaig Kuhstallnote superimposed everything first, if you got used to it comes a sweet wine note and a ham flavor
    • Taste
      87 87
      Much better for me than the aroma, wild berries,
      Cherries, smoked ham, smoke
    • Finish
      86 86
      Smoke and fruit, medium length

      Good malt, but for me borderline flavor.

  22. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Ledaig is one of my favorites, but here the character was almost completely destroyed by the 26 months in the Hermitage barrel.
    He has his lover, but in my opinion no recommendation for Ledaig's friends.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Less smoke than expected from a Ledaig. Short berries are added. What's left is ashes.
    • Taste
      72 72
      What a disappointment. Smoke less strong than expected from smell. Some cooked fruits that are only to be tasted briefly. A peculiar aftertaste dominates after a few seconds, yeast?
      Unfortunately, nothing changes at the second and third tasting of my impression.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Pretty long lasting. First, the yeast in the foreground, then remains a relatively pleasant smoke on the tongue

  23. malthead-sven scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Although I prefer cask strengths, this malt is really fun, balanced between fruit and smoke
    • Nose
      Fruity with rosehips and cranberries, the smoke is contrary to expect mild rather than violent, apple, raspberry
    • Taste
      Dry, damp wood on the campfire, slightly sour, pine needles
    • Finish
      delicate wine note, ashen smoky, while relatively long-lasting

  24. Svenson scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Whiskydream.de writes:

    The smell of wine barrels paired with sweet smoke (vanilla!) Is unsurprisingly directly present. The leathery typical often clearly existing ham smoke is not noticeable in this whisky. On the other hand, some of the smell of grain floats "in the air". It was interesting that when the glass was panned, the smoke was more in the foreground, while in the "quiet" glass there was clearly a smell of vanilla. Overall, all flavors are well integrated, the whisky smells harmonious and round. (86)
    The taste is a mixture of smoke and wine barrel, accompanied by a light, sparkling sharpness on the tongue. Red fruits with wine taste, best described with red gummy bears, stand out as the liveliness and the smoke subside. The second or third sip is followed by creamy dark aromas (dark chocolate, cocoa powder). (85)
    The island whisky ends at first modestly, then warming and can still be described as long-lasting. (84)
    Overall rating: 85 points

    More information: www.whiskydream.de

  25. Sapiano scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The Ledaig has given me a lot of fun. The smoke is very pleasant. It smells aromatic and does not taste like gum. The wine finish makes the leathery quite sweet and fruity, but not bitter. He has less wood notes. By combining with smoke, I am not lacking in complexity. He is just right for me and has a nice reddish color. The 45% vol is good for him and the then price of 60 € was certainly worth it.

  26. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    on the "fashion" Ledaig, a traffic jam with a singular finish.
    • Nose
      oily peat, iodine, smoked ham and its moldy skin, lemons, spices, a little wood too. return of fruit on the pickle.
    • Taste
      sweet peppery and sweet spices, wood chips, dried herbs a little cooked, ash after peat, fruit is very fresh, a little young with a return of toasted meat and glue.
    • Finish
      pronounced on the same aromas, lasts pleasantly.

  28. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Rust, iron, salt, gravel, Pinot noir, sage, oregano, meaty, sour candy
    T: Creamy, milk chocolate, minerals, slate, gritty, funky sour wine. Great mouthfeel
    F: herbal, drying, salty, sweet, satisfying. Dark chocolate

    87/100

    The nose does not prepare you for the creamy rich mouthfeel. The funk kicks in a second later. Really good balance, I find. My notes don’t sound appealing, but it’s one you have to try for yourself. A really crazy whisky. Not a huge leap to a Springbank fan, per se. actually I would have guessed a Springbank blind. Really good and really interesting.

  29. squaadgras scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  31. mer1973 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  32. captwilks67 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    I must say, I have bought several more since opening this bottle. The Hermitage wood plays its part in taming the peat into something more different than the other , more brash Ledaigs I’ve had. This one is rather regal, with much to display. A dram I gave savored and thought over with each pour. Enjoy. 
    • Nose
      An initial rinse of smoldering and ashy/briny peat, then... red berries and a whiff of cherry cola. 
    • Taste
      The body on this is nice and thick and rich. The taste is a disticnctive ledaig peat, then the red berries, a oily texture, some waxiness, and red wine. 
    • Finish
      Soft and waxy. Coats the mouth. The hermitage wood plays the fiddle here. Gorgeous. 

  33. mikespike scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Tasted from a sample (thanks Andy!) - I generally like Ledaigs a lot, and especially from 2004/2005 we got many great bottlings.

    This one was just too much influence from the wine cask for me. Too dominant and too present, too sweet (different from Sherry cask sweetness)

    Still quality sprit!

  34. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    The worst Ledaig that I tasted sofar and I tasted many. It’s just too winey / sour for me. I’m not a fan of these wine cask finishes and this one (re)confirms that. This is NOT how I like my Ledaigs... The finish tasted so bad that I wanted to wash it away with a glass of coke.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      55 55

  35. Koalafant scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Blindtasting 23.02.2018 => 89/100

  36. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  37. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Some call it "a good daily dram". Enthusiasm 3/5 Whisky n ° 1649
    • Nose
      Not so dirty for a Ledaig. Caressing and shimmering, the smoke is minimal but gradually takes its place. Fruit jam. Dried fruits.
    • Taste
      Very beautiful duality peat / greediness. Flexible, nice, and easy.
    • Finish
      We find this in the finale, persistently and with a note of sulfur.

  38. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  39. HammerHead scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nose: typical Ledaig heavy peat smoke with ham and bacon, but also the coal gas and sulphur off notes. These unpleasant notes subside with some water and 10 minutes of breathing. Also loads of dark fruitiness with plums, dades, figs, raisins and cherry.

    Taste: initially again the thick heavy fruitiness, like a fruit preserve, also a fresh sourness. Much more to my liking than an average wood heavy sherry fruitiness. Then more spicyness, with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, dark chocolate and pepper.

    Finish: long with smoked bacon, sour dark fruits and woodspices.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. Frank Drebin scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      79 79

  41. mr_barleycorn did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    mrbarleycorn.com
    • Nose
      Zuerst intensiver, trockener und kalter Torfrauch. Ich muss meiner Nase wirklich Zeit geben, sich an den Rauch zu gewöhnen. Was dann zuerst durch kommt, sind Zitrusnoten. Nun kommen sie durch - dunkle Beeren, dunkle Schokolade und Kiwi. Außergewöhnlich, finde ich.
    • Taste
      Zuerst ein angenehmes Prickeln auf der Zunge. Wieder liegt der Torfrauch über allem. Lagerfeuer, Kamin und Asche. Es bedarf schon einiger Zeit, bis die anderen Aromen wahrnehmbar sind. Wieder sind es die Zitrusnoten, die einen Vorstoß wagen. Und dann kommt langsam rote Grütze dazu. Außerdem finde ein paar maritime Noten mit Salz und einer leichten Süße. Nach weiteren Minuten und einem zweiten Schluck wird die Assoziation mit roter Grütze (ohne Vanille Soße) immer deutlicher.
    • Finish
      Abgang: Mittellang. Weithin rauchig, etwas bitter mit würzige Eichennoten, angebranntem Karamell und Rotwein.

  42. MadScientist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  43. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    wonderful balanced combination of peat and wine cask finish. the cask deliveres grapes, raisins, some fruity and sour influences, some Ingwer and nice spices. the peat is not overwhelming, not too mighty, no Islay peat but gentler. the ABV is all right and the finish is not too Long but just all right with a fine fruity peaty note. for this price this is really a very fine dram!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  44. edhunter15 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This Ledaig surprises with an astonishingly gentle smoke, which gives Malt a pleasant and interesting basic character through its sweaty Serrano ham flavors. Together with the sweet berry flavors from the Hermitage barrel, this results in a very nice and tasty whisky. A slightly higher alcohol content would have done the Ledaig certainly. Nevertheless, he is in his price range a wonderful representative smoky Malts with wine finish.
    • Nose
      A relatively soft and sweet smoke that reminds me of "sweating" Serrano ham and kale with smoked cabbage in the sun (probably due to the season: D), together with crème brûlée, sweet-musty cheeses and sweet berries (currants, Cranberries, grape juice) flows towards me. Behind it develop pleasant juniper berry flavors that are typical for me smoky whiskys with wine finish.
    • Taste
      Here the smoke comes through a bit more and shows itself next to the sweet Serrano ham by a slightly carbonated taste. Juniper berries, some redcurrant jam, some vanilla and subtle meringue wood are also beautifully integrated into the smoke.
    • Finish
      After swallowing, smoked ham remains in the mouth along with cooked juniper berries, moldy forest soil, some ashes, New Year's bulbs and a subtle cranberry sweetness.

  45. Pollenflug scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Lots of sweet, red fruits and strong campfire smoke rise from my glass. The influence of the wine is clearly noticeable right from the start (acidic impact). The alcohol content of 45% is very well integrated and imperceptible due to the intense aroma flavor. Overripe strawberries, cherries, redcurrant jam and wine form the fruity base with sweet-sour accents. Delicate hints of honey, dark chocolate and spicy oak linger with a slight muffiness in the background. Beautifully balanced!
    • Taste
      The Ledaig starts strong and pleasantly oily. Freshly ground pepper prances briefly on the tip of the tongue and causes a slight tingle. The intense campfire smoke sets a tasty exclamation point before the red (sweet-sour) fruits draw attention to themselves. Oranges, overripe strawberries, cherries, red currant jam and a beautiful vinousness promote the balance. In the background I register again dark chocolate and spicy oak notes. The tendency to strong contrast between smoke and fruit mixes to a harmonious taste experience. The taste of the alcohol is not noticeable and favors a nearly dangerous sweetness of Ledaigs.
    • Finish
      Medium long, vinous-fruity and smoky. The red fruits, which remain pleasantly sweet and slowly fade away, also dominate on the home straight. Dark chocolate and spicy oak remain hidden in the background. Associations with a fruity red wine are clearly perceptible. Finally, the camp fire smoke builds up powerful again and ensures a round finish.

  46. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Despite the 45%, it's not weak, the long acidic wine finish is not opression it because the big smokey charachter. Excellent price / value ratio, but the weakest part is the taste. Don't use water for this!
    • Nose
      Typical, big doses of Ledaig smoke and peat with vividly acidic wine effects. Forest fruits, camphor, tennis ball.
    • Taste
      Strength is ideal on 45% ABV I think. Pepper, mustard, sour and sweet fruits, vividly acidic wine, mint. Sulfuric smoke and tire.
    • Finish
      Long, smoky, sour.

  47. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful composition, the wine is present without slaying the dram. Very tasty!
    • Nose
      Campfire, sweet, fruity, sour berries, the typical Ledaig mustiness, strong wine notes, currants,
    • Taste
      Strong onset, some coffee, sweet and sour berries, black pepper, and lots of smoke, nice tasty and harmonious
    • Finish
      Medium, with smoke, the sour currants and pepper, at the end then a little walnuts

  48. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Peat and wine, that can bite. Rarely have there been such a harmonious, complementary interaction as here. Sure, he could possibly tolerate a few percent more and the complexity may not be too big, but it's just fun. And that's worth the 90 points for me.
    • Nose
      Tart fruit notes on the nose, redcurrants, wine, but also a good portion of peat, sweet, fruity, vinous, not over complex, but very harmonious. Nothing works, everything merges.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the 45% are exactly right. First tingling, a slightly ashy peat attack, then again sour tart fruit notes, the wine is present over time again and mixes with the peat, minimal cowshed, some country air. Herb, sweet, wine, peat, fits.
    • Finish
      first vinous, fruity, soft, then the smoke comes again clearly to wear. Round and harmonious.

  49. Dude1971 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  50. mothers_finest scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A delicious whisky, and something different than a typical sherry finish ... Unfortunately, I miss the kick and that something to praise him in the sky. In the nose it is beautifully fruity sour, in conjunction with the typical Ledaig smoke. On the palate, however, I clearly lack the power. I like the flavor of the whisky, but I was hoping for more after the hiding here. In cask strength it would have been more mine.
    The finish is fine; the malt drags a bit in the nose, and the smoky note I feel in combination with the fruit (raspberry, a little vanilla, and this pleasant acidity of Hermitage red wine) as extremely pleasant. On the palate and departure he is not even soo musty. Also, the always mentioned car tires I have here at most in the nose ...
    A good part, balanced and tasty. PLV is absolutely right, but unfortunately it tastes a little bit lax or diluted. So I give 87 points, where the taste and nose are 'good' but not intoxicating, because too 'weak'. He does points in the pleasant finish and also the balance. PLV is nothing to complain about; the part costs 60 euros, since I have clearly had other things to drink!

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