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Overall rating
88.30/100
votes
29
Whiskybase ID
102163
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Brothers in Malt (BiM)
Vintage
14.12.1994
Bottled
02.10.2017
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
5143
Number of bottles
218
Strength
56.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 Oct 2017 10:28 am by chris-sg
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 123.18

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 1994 BiM

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.30 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2020] After I tested dozens of cask samples (almost all of them "underaged") during the last weeks I desperately look out for some older stuff before Christmas . That is why I assembled an advent calendar of randomly picked bottles out of my sample library...

    ...and tonight it is this Ledaig from one of the best quality vintages of the Tobermory distillery (so far). This dram confirms that with a delicate and flawless modern profile which does not go for the cheap thrills but for balance and distillate character instead. Ledaig from the mid-nineties was and still is a good deal - imagine the heavy bucks you have to pay for an Islay dram of a comparable age these days...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a delicate toffee-peaty-fruity profile without too much wood influence, exactly as I like it. This certainly is a modern profile but a pretty nice one - the sometimes annoying cheesy notes from older vintages have been converted into rather tasty sourdough bready impressions which is a good deal (according to my olfactory cells).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is impressive on a full load of spices lead by mighty vanilla impressions which quickly turn into toffee flavours and later together with the molten barley sugars into a delicious liquid crème brûlée-alike. The peat plays a nice counterpart to this rather sweet setting with tasty bitter-smoky-ashy notes while the woods stay in the background but provide a firm structure to the dram. This is an excellent and balanced mix of flavours which does not require a lot of experience to be checked out but it is very enjoyable, and dangerously quaffable!
    • Finish
      90 90
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and nicely coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more barley sugars and notes of high-grade vegetable oils which I like. Again no distracting bitter or astringent moments here, the wood is just about perfect in this setting. Water releases more aromas in the nose (earthy, chalky-mineral, ashy) and turns the taste smoother - I like this dram both neat and somewhat reduced (another characteristic of a great malt).

  2. malthead-sven scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ambivalent Malt, who definitely needs time and water to play his strengths
    • Nose
      Full load of grain, hayloft, the slightly rancid Ledaig character is there but very mitigated, sourdough, eucalyptus, the malt takes time and some water, then comes with more and more fruitiness in driving, pears and kiwi. Later a sack of potatoes, horseradish
    • Taste
      Slowly, smoke and a wine gum sweeten their way, pepper potato chips, mint leaves
    • Finish
      fresh but by no means young, little oak but set, mild smoke and again this summery hay-notes, relatively long

  3. Jake1965Blues did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    For me a great, also because unusual bottling.
    https://leben-mit-genuss.de/brothers-in-malt-bottling-oktober-2017
    • Nose
      full, sweet aromas, non-volatile and light, but heavy but not intrusive, toffee, warm smoke hovering over it, a hint of fruit, bright red berries, brown sugar
    • Taste
      strong, spicy, full-bodied, smoke rather retronasal to feel, but then clearly, shortbread with butter, alcohol well integrated, warming, vanilla pudding, in the end becomes drier
    • Finish
      Neck long and pleasantly warm, full sweetness prepares the way for the smoke

  4. z-imaging scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very good 20yo+ Ledaig
    • Nose
      Light grassy/hay notes, light peat. Salt & wet stones - very maritime nose, very fresh. Alcohol is noticeable but not too offensive
    • Taste
      Very salty, then sweet, nice Island taste, same level of peatness, strong alcohol, needs a reduction. Again some hay & farm notes, reminds on some bourbon cask matured Kilchomans but this one is more mature and mellowed.
    • Finish
      Fades on sweetness and ashes, some medicinal notes emerge

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Eucalyptus

    Brothers in Malt is a German whisky society founded in 2014. Since then they have been bottling single casks at cask strength without coloring of chill filtration at a steady pace. The emphasis in on Scotland, but quite a few German malts are on their resumé as well. This is a 22 years old Ledaig, a malt that I am really becoming a big fan of (well, considering the many notes I have published in the last few days, you already figured that out).

    Surprisingly closed nose on pears, play-doh and vanilla. It actually takes quite long before it offers anythinig else like sweet malt, white chocolate, eucalyptus an draw turnip. What a weird, atypical Ledaig on the nose indeed. But don’t get me wrong: it’s very good.

    It’s mildly oily, softly maritime (with a light saltiness and hint of wet rocks), but very clean. After a few seconds, the peat seems to explode in your mouth creating a huge smokiness joined by a hint of white fruit and lime and again that fresh note of eucalyptus.

    In the finish too, which is not long but I wouldn’t call it short either, the eucalyptus returns with a vengeance after some ashes and hay have left the scene.

    After the closed nose, I did not expect this to become such a lovely Ledaig on the palate and in the finish. Good stuff!

  6. de Geest scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Slightly grassy in the nose
    Taste more citrus
    Not really 'dirty' from Ledaig
    Very mature little tingling on the tongue which makes the taste hang out.

    Soft mature and fresh Ledaig
    A few drops of water added, which opened slightly

    89pnt

  7. malt70 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I like it even better than the 10-year bottling of BiM.
    Three of the current bottlings in direct comparison: https://fosm.de/tasting-3x-brothers-in-malt-mortlach-und-ledaig/
    • Nose
      Wow, that's another interpretation. I would have typed a sherry keg as a finish, but that's a pure bourbon barrel maturation. Sweet and fruity, with brown sugar and a light smoke. Toffee and behind it flashes a bit of the menthol.
    • Taste
      Smoky and strong. The alcohol is well integrated. Vanilla.
    • Finish
      Nice spicy and a little smoke interspersed with nice sweetness.

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