Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Calculated age
12 years old
1st Fill & Refill Sherry Hogsheads
16600503 & 16600506
55.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
22/06/17 170963
Added on
20 Oct 2017 6:51 pm by HammerHead
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 111.23

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92 × member ratings

142 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 2004 GM

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.51 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [September, 2018] Good old Serge scored this 90 points but he is not sensitive to sulphur at all and so it is always a tricky thing to go for highly rated sherried drams upon his recommendation. Nevertheless, I took the risk on this bottling...

    ...and I got rewarded! No sulphur at all, actually no other flaw either. This is a fine combo of peat, malt and sherry that is well integrated and very quaffable when the days gets shorter and the leafes are falling. A good alternative to the overpriced sherried stuff from Islay, for sure!

    [September, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my review notes and score. Very quaffable when it is dark outside...
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is russetmuscat and the nose offers a delicate peaty-sherry-spicy profile that is well balanced and without any off-note. It is not the most complex one but it got power, freshness and boldness enough to be above average. I really like to take a long sniff before the next sip, that is what a nose should be all about... Some water opens up the nose even more.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely balanced with sherry-induced, malt-driven and peaty flavours in perfect harmony. The sweetness of the malt, the sour notes of the wine, the bitter peaty ones and the spices of the wood form a quite complex tasting experience with a lot of delicious nuances to explore. No flaw that I can find. Some water smoothes the dram and makes it even more quaffable, dangerously! I like it best when reduced to about 48% abv.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and a little coating without distracting moments. The finish is long and gets sweeter over time with again no bitter-drying-astringent feelings, it simply vanishes like a flawless dram should do. I like it!

  2. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    Gordon & MacPhail's Cask Strength range offered a good selection of high-quality drams before being discontinued in 2018. Matured in a combination of first and refill sherry hogsheads, this 2004 Ledaig could be mistaken for an Islay malt. The nose is complex and engaging with smoked ham, vanilla, iodine, lime and moderate peat smoke. Peppery and bold in the arrival, the taste develops with grapefruit and savory peatiness. Hints of sweetness, tar and a dash of salt characterize the long and warming finish. Peat addicts, do not underestimate Ledaig!

    RATING: 4.0/5.0 stars ≙ 88 pts → FIRST-CLASS
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    A very successful mariage of peat and sherry.
    Thanks to Slàinte Mhath for a generous and warming sample.

    Edit: Another sample used for a H2H with a very similar bottling can be found here: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/132096/ledaig-2005-eld#note-container
    • Nose
      88 88
      Approach slowly and it's a very sweet chocolate fudge cake with sherry notes.
      Then closer, the peat sets in, with a soft maritime note.
      This gets more and more pronounced, accopanied by some heavy citrus.
      Mineral with a slightly sour farmy note.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Nice texture.
      Peat is weaker than the nose imply, and not as maritime.
      Bittersweet coffee and charred wood.
      Quite spicy on a good dash of pepper.
    • Finish
      90 90
      It's long with warming spice.
      As it fades it goes into sweet peat and dies off with a hint of lemonade.

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    from a sample
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Koalafant scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sid # 606

    Gladi meeting 14.07.2017 => 90/100

  6. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, an explosion of scents on the maritime side, on iodine, on algae, on fresh peat, vanilla and lime!
    It is also very creamy to smell, and a little dry woody return!
    • Nose
      oily peat, fruits on citrus fruits, a little seaweed, a little peppery spice.
    • Taste
      malty, fruity, more mineral than peat, then vanilla and lemon take over.
      wet wood trace too.

  7. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An insanely sweet but still straight-looking Ledaig. That is exactly to my taste!
    • Nose
      Pure cowshed, very peaty smoke, the wet peat is virtually in the glass, maritime, algae on the beach, later comes a slightly mineral citrus note
    • Taste
      Sweet peat, malty, creamy sweet, the smoke is gradually spreading, beautiful warmth, sugar sweet vanilla
    • Finish
      Smoke and sweetness go hand and hand, perhaps accompanied by a hint of pastry, remains for a long time due to the heat

  8. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N22 P21 F21 B21

  9. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lemon, herbs, nuts, some earth, cold smoke, ash, smoked fish, subtly dried fruit, fir resin, cherries, blackberries, very dark honey
    • Taste
      Herbal candy, herbs, honey, cereals, green apple, lemon, grapefruit, wood, pepper
      some smoke and ashes come very late - I thought there would be nothing


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