Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Winter warmer
Stated Age
09 years old
Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
58.5 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
27 Jun 2018 12:32 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 126,45

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Whisky Reviews for Tobermory 2008 SMWS 42.44

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.75 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    A refill ex-bourbon hogshead is credited.
    N: Buttery/oily youthfully fresh and a little peaty with sweet pickled onions. Charles identifies this as very Ardbegian and everyone tends to agree. An excellent start from our final anniversary dram.
    T: Chewy, dirty & mineral-y oily caramel-y barley juice. Water exacerbates the oily chew, but there’s no getting away from the astringency which becomes tiring after the initial arrival.
    F: Tales off, disappointingly distant from the fabulous nose. An anaemic burnt/toasted spirity barley concludes.
    C: It’s still a decent Ledaig, but expectations for all the whiskies tonight had been far higher. Further reading from: malt-review.com, who try a number of the anniversary bottlings [including this one], and conclude with “Sadly the whisky didn’t really turn up to the party“.

    Scores a B[-]

  2. Macheye scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An idiosyncratic Ledaig as always. This bottling is a touch different to recent SMWS 42s – it’s particularly heavy on the sour and sharp notes. Whilst water reduces these adding to the overall balance, to my taste, Ledaig works best when these tart and mineral elements feel completely in-step with the underlying pungent, slightly dirty peating. No easy feat, but here, they’re just a touch off. Nevertheless, if you’re a big fan of Ledaig, there’s lots to like here and I’d certainly not turn away a dram of this.

    • Nose
      Meaty, earthy, fish tank – wonderfully odd – it can only be another SMWS 42. There’s quite the juxtaposition of aromas here – ribs and roasted meat joints, pungent earthy smoke and a bucket load of brine and minerality – and yet it works – as Ledaig often does. Fruitiness is kept to a minimal, but there are touches of lemon zest which add tang. Likewise, sweetness is lower than in a lot of bottlings – but there is some and here its delivered via rolled pastries and an interesting underlying nuttiness. The addition of water brings out an aroma that I always expect with peated bottlings from this distillery – rubber.
    • Taste
      Oily and dirty. BBQ’s meats and some oily engines in a rubber factory. Peating is quite ashy and chalky here and is played off against citrus and grapefruit. Minerality runs throughout – granite and quartz. The combination of chalky, citrus and mineral makes for a particularly sharp and tart development that is also increasingly drying. Reduced, the fruits are much softer, but tangy citrus is still firmly in charge – perhaps a bit too much
    • Finish
      Medium, sour, citric, mineral and rubbery.

  3. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes from the Website: https://www.smws.com/winter-warmer

    Ausgabepreis (Juli 2018): 59,40 GBP

    "The nose evokes a beach bonfire barbeque on shell sand – maple-cured bacon and Portobello mushrooms sizzling away; someone is smoking Sobrani cigarettes and there are creamy custard tarts for afters. The palate is pretty straightforward – balancing simple sugary barley sweetness with mineral, shale-like smoke; it has a slightly oily mouth-feel. Water shifts the nose to coal tar soap and creamy, nutty smoke. The palate is now much sweeter and better balanced – imagine smoked bonbons; a touch of citrus starts to come through – lemon, clove and Fisherman’s Friends on the finish. A dram for inner warmth before chopping logs in the snow."


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