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[-]