Ledaig 15-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Distillery Exclusive
Stated Age
15 years old
Refill + Rioja Spanish Wine Hogshead Finish
Number of bottles
53.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L1803454 L5 xx:xx 18117
sc Scotland
Added on
16 Aug 2018 4:39 pm by Mondrian
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 91.15

18 × in wishlist

75 × member ratings

124 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 15-year-old

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.26 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Part of Blind Whisky x-mas tasting.

    Nose reminds me of PC 10 - wine influence and peatiness seem to fit, but hey, surprise, a Ledaig.

    "Not bad" as a frenchman would say but also not super great. Very good for a Saturday afternoon where red wine, sweetness and peat render a happy smile.

    However, I prefer this 8yo cask strength Ledaig that was selected by Reifferscheid at Signatory Warehouse. https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/144976/ledaig-2011-sv
    The 25 months of Bordeaux Cask play so well with the bourbon cask, that it is razor blade sharp in the midst of two worlds and not drowned at all in red wine, like this 15yo has a tendency of.
    Get the Signatory bottling at 80 Eu rather than spend 175 Eu here and you have much better value for money.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Kale and smoked mettwurst in whisky form. Weird, but very independent and interesting, plus delicious. The whole thing is complemented by a memory of mushrooms and red fruits. I like it.

  3. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very good in balance, nice and strong, meets my taste quite well. Only a little unspectacular he is, but all the more supple.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    That was probably the most civil Ledaig I ever had in the glass, apart from the really old ones.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A lot of acid at the beginning, yellow cooked fruits and a hint of garlic. After a longer life, otherwise almost unchanged except for the garlic. Much fall now, slightly angegoren, now also caramel. A bit meaty, I also feel a hint of smoke. With further time the smoke impression intensifies. Warmth first strengthens the fermentation notes enormously, as far as the smoke is concerned, I'm pretty sure now, cowshed and disinfectant. Now he is clearly fleshy again, smoked sausage, salty.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Bright, sweet, sour, fruity in a very harmonious interaction. Later some coffee. The alcohol is quite strong, the mouthfeel tight. He is very busy at all.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Still sweet, a hint of menthol and some ashes. The finish is quite long, it also warms slightly.

  4. hawk31 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Dirty smoke, full cannon Barbecuesauce, I have never tasted in a whisky. Boiled beef with cranberries, cherries with steak, salt, red grits. Due to the strong grill associations, I have to constantly think of grilled pasta noodles. Dark forest, earthy, a little musty, in the forest itself the grill because it was so nice again stoked and again red fruit as a dessert with sea air in the face. Over time, it becomes fruity: orange, overripe peach, currant, citrus and a bit of iodine and the wine barrel can be clearly identified after a long smell.

    Mouth: very pleasant mouthfeel, sweet, chocolaty, then an onset I would have expected something stronger. Chocolate, spicy, orange, chai tea, latte, biscuit, no more barbecue, but the smoke stronger.

    Departure: smoke, roasted aromas, dark chocolate, almonds, spice, hardly any fruitiness, the smoke remains dominant and lingers for a long time until it is replaced by oak and chocolate.

    Goil! Really great filling, could have minimal more bums. The barbecue sauce is really crass and gives it a nice unique selling point. I liked that very much.

  5. Mascht scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    a great Ledaig, many dark notes, initially very dry, but then it is always sweeter and sweeter
    • Nose
      88 88
      dense sweet smoke, bread crust, bacon, dried plum, mineral
    • Taste
      88 88
      first very dry, mouth-filling, beech smoke, a lot of tannins, sage tea, licorice, then sweeter with many dark fruits like plums and blackcurrant, caramel, walnuts, shoe polish, sheep's wool
    • Finish
      90 90
      very long, sweet, spicy and waxy

  6. Maltimex scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Immediately a "mustiness" that I almost always associate with Ledaig finds its way into the nose. Campfire smoke, toffee and vanilla flavors are almost clearly identifiable as the wine notes of the finish - which I personally like very much. The longer the malt stays in the glass, the more fruitiness and sweetness become; slight malt notes.
    • Taste
      On the palate, the various aromas immediately appear wonderfully balanced, even without the addition of water: campfire smoke, a slightly sour-malty note, caramel, vanilla pod, wine gum and dark chocolate can be heard. All of the mentioned aromas have a malty-sour-smoky character. The malt is strong and at the same time very harmonious on the tongue.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long and full-bodied, tart and framed by smoke. Slight citrus notes can now also be heard, which will soon be replaced by dark chocolate; quite complex.

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ledaig 15yo (Distillery Exclusive 2018) 53.8% WID 116506 vs. Ledaig 17yo 2001/2018 59% Murray McDavid WID 117252

    Both have the somewhat idiosyncratic - I like him - Ledaig Rauch in their noses. However, they are a little different in terms of expression.
    The smoke on the 15yo is a bit more lively and maritime.
    The 17yo is more sedate and spicier. Is probably also due to the age and the stronger barrel influence.
    In addition, the 17yo looks almost Christmassy. Fruit cake, cloves. Leather too. The smoke is relatively subtle. Interestingly, the malt becomes a bit tart with water.
    The 15yo is fresher. The fruits tend to go in the yellow direction with some citrus fruit. With smoked cheese with herb rind. With water, more sweetness and fruit comes through.
    The mouthfeel of the 17yo now resembles a dry red wine. I rarely like normal whisky, but here I find it suitable. I find the notes from the nose here, too, only with this dry, slightly sour mouthfeel, some spice / sharpness.
    The 15yo is sweeter in the mouth than the 17yo. Again "yellow". It also has a slightly vinous mouthfeel, but much more subtle than the 17yo. The smoked cheese is now more like grilled meat with herb marinade.

    So the winner for me is the 17yo. It seems somehow more mature to me. Not necessarily more balanced, as the wine barrel is already quite dominant. Strangely enough, I don't find it annoying with the malt, although I'm actually not that big fan of whisky from the wine barrel.
    The 15yo doesn't do a bad job and I like it too, but it doesn't knock me out of my socks either. I would prefer to use the original 18 bottle. It has more to offer.

  8. squaadgras scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. breste scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Heavy nose. Baconous smoke with a slight sweetness.
    Tasty very cool. Maritime notes and a warm camp fire smoke that stays in the mouth for a long time.
    Much sweeter with water, but still the campfire. An incredibly great malt!


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