Ledaig 12-year-old TWEx

Overall rating
89.00/100
votes
163
Whiskybase ID
WB120263
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Exchange (TWEx)
Bottling serie
The Future of Whisky
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
636
Strength
58.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L188773
Barcode
2000000049281
Bottled for
Whisky Show 10th Anniversary
Market
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Added on
01 nov 2018 3:28 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 189.90

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Whisky reviews for Ledaig 12-year-old TWEx

34 users have left 34 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.00 points.

  1. Ostap scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A traditionally beautiful Ledaig profile, unique. Industrial, urban whisky. There is thick, concentrated, brutal, intense pleasure. Bravo!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Raw earth, rubber, burning cotton wool, fuel oil, burnished plastic, oily, watercolor paints, pertussin, baked apple, ash, lemon, earthy peat, buckwheat honey, buckwheat porridge, iodine, algae, vanilla, sherry notes, toffee, toffee.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Smoke, ash, dried melon, peat, BBQ, citrus, knit.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Smoke, ash, dried melon, smoked peat, BBQ, rubber, warming, long lasting.

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  3. Макс scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    form style
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. whisky_whims scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    A Whisky that Smells of Dung

    Lediag 12 year old bottled for the 10th anniversary of the Whisky Show in London in 2018. Bottled at 58.4% ABV and matured in a sherry butt. RRP I believe was around £80 when it first came out and I managed to pick it up from the auction for a similar price, possibly slightly more.

    Nose:

    Initially there is a burning peat smell with a real dirty and earthy tone. Some marshy scents coming through with the dirt and earth. Now a sweeter burnt caramel aroma is coming through but is soon overtake by a burnt rubber scent. The ABV is slightly evident in the nose with some prickly sensations felt in the nose. Almost dung (cow poo) on the nose, it is very agricultural and farm-like and not at all a horrible smell.

    Palate:

    Straight away the sweetness pushes through the dirtiness of this whisky: caramelised demerara sugar. Like a thin brittle toffee, sort of burnt. A touch of wood comes out and then the earthy dirtiness makes a reappearance. Almost as if you are standing in the middle of a farm, that is what this tastes like. Now stick with me here whilst I try to explain this one. There is a go-kart circuit near me that is inside a warehouse which has an opening at the front to allow movement of the vehicles in and out. The cold air comes through this and on a frosty/cold day this is what I can taste. The cold air coming through, the oil/petrol of the karts, the burning rubber and all those scents just remaining dense and stagnant in the air, it tastes like that... Some bitter chocolate near the end and general sherry notes coming through (dates, raisins and blah blah blah).

    Finish:

    Long and drying in the mouth. A little coating around the mouth. Peanuts in the finish with more sherry coming through and another burning taste, burnt toffee sauce. Reminds me of these cheap sticky toffee puddings you get that are cooked in the microwave. It is supposed to be a sickly sweet sauce but it turns out more of a bitter sweet because of the cheap ingredients used. Not off putting, rather enjoyable cheap dirtiness.

    Conclusion: The whisky feels raw and not elegantly designed like certain 'high-end' whiskies and that is why I am in love with it. Those dirty, funky elements are right up my street. I would recommend this to any whisky drinker who likes a dirty dram, I would buy it again for the price I paid and I definitely think it is worth that price. So, for me, it is a whisky win!

    Check out the full review on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjvTYOyEfIY&t=10s&ab_channel=WhiskyWhims

    My Scoring Process:

    My process is simple. I rate it on three factors: Is it worth it, would I buy it again and would I recommend it? I will the determine if the whisky is a whisky win or a whisky bin. A whisky can have 2/3 of these factors and still be a whisky win. Usually, anything lower than 2/3 is a whisky bin.

  5. PRV scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    22/23/22/22

  6. drdave scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Crazy good whisky, just had this blind in an online tasting. An absolute marvel of a whisky.

  7. Funtik scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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  8. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A respectable Ledaig with a good amount of sherry influence. Love the Ledaig's signature peat that blends really well with the sherry butt.

  9. Foudos scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. thebonewolf scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    I am very disappointed this isn’t really available anymore, though managed to get a bottle at auction. Holy smokes is this good. While having this I was thinking it’s what I wanted Bunnahabhain 12 to be, if it had the smoky element this does I’d have liked it a ton more. Can they make anything bad? I’ll keep buying until I find out, but I suspect I won’t ever find it.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Definite smoke and fruit, some funk.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Fruity malt, some smoke, big heat.
    • Finish
      96 96
      Smoke and funk jump out. The heat wobbles in intensity as it all fades over a long finish.

  11. Gous scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. maurisso scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Bold and the beautiful. BOLD and the grilled meat for the people who like it.

  13. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  14. martinbutterfly scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    ***
    ????: dark gold
    ????: strong, varnish sherry, earthy, sweet, spicy, moderately peaty - sherry probably covered most of it, coffee sweet, a very large atmosphere of oloroso, quite aggressive nose
    ????: there is peat in the foreground, but still sweet and sherry, clearly chocolatey, but also strong, slightly biting, peaty warmth, very cool! Very strong! Heats the pipe well;)
    ????: quite long, warming, sweet sherry
    *
    Typical intense oloroso sherra with moderately intense peat. Very nice for those who like sherry and peat. I ran out of a little complexity. It feels like 10-12yo whisky, not 15yo +. I would drink to Netflx;)
    *
    ????: 5/10
    ????: 88/100

  15. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: A lot of sweet notes, some smoke. Nice in smell
    Taste: Rich in taste. From the first sip you can feel the sea elements with the addition of light smoke. Everything is very pleasantly folded. Fairly strong aroma.
    Rating: 88 100 Finish quite long with a peat aroma and a bit of sweetness. Very pleasant whisky.

  16. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    22-23-23-22, smoky-sweet) The nose is a bit ascetic, but refined, the taste immediately covers the receptors and the long aftertaste. Well I still have a whole bottle)

  17. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Clever use of a logo that's commonly found in children's story books. Walk around the bottle and you'll find a shifted image.

    Next year (2019) logos are lighten up by UV light.

    I'd like to see a photoluminescence logo the year after. Probably a holographic after that.

    About the whisky, a sweet and spicy profile that's not easy. Requires a good amount of time to open up. Harsh, herbal and filthy on the start. Time will add to it's blooming process.

    Medium balanced profile, heavy at the start and gradually lighten but still long towards finishing but doesn't dissipate.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. Rom scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    The nose is subtle, we discern nuts, nuts, a fine smoky peat, humus, a hint of prune, it is revealed slowly and nuances. With time and water appears blood orange.
    The palate is intense, dominated by peat and a powerful marine side, seaweed, iodine. There is also something fresh in the middle of the mouth, like a touch of eucalyptus ... Beautiful texture.
    Very long finish that balances the dram with a return to a greener and more fruity peat.
    Fine and complex whisky with a superb integration.

  19. Palindrome scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is perhaps the best Ledaig I've enjoyed in a long while. Everything is in harmony. It's up there in my top three favorite Ledaigs under 18 years old of all time.

  20. Kaysersdråber scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  21. Karstman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. Dogui scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    This is a rollercoaster! Very smoky (dirty smoke, typical from Ledaig) on the nose with citrus, crispy notes. Some milk chocolate as well (maybe some green woods?). On the palate it evolves every 15 seconds! At the beginning smoke is predominant, but more balanced and settled. Then the sweet nuttiness kicks in, with sultanas, dates, pecan nuts and candied orange zest covered in dark chocolate. And then it changes again, now it's a fruit market! Lemons and limes become sweeter with papaya, mango and pineapple. The finish is incredibly long, with a mouth watering feeling. Burned wood, coal, sweet fresh fruit and zesty notes combined together. A real cracker.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dirty, smoky, not very complex and slightly sweet.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Wow! Just wow! One of the most exiting drams I've had in a long time.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very long, mouth watering. With a perfect combination between sweet and smoke.

  23. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    For me this is one of the better Ledaigs - very good
    • Nose
      Seabreeze, seaweed, iodine, peat and smoke, little vanilla - very good!
    • Taste
      Little punchy, creamy, peaty, smoky, little citrus fruits, toffee - still good
    • Finish
      Long, warm, round, mouth coating

  24. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Not sure what to think about this. It is good with enough Ledaig characteristics when you dilute it, but I still think it misses some depth. Probably the sherry might conceal some of those subtleties. Anyway, I know sherry butts are popular, but I think I still like my Ledaigs without so far. Still classic Ledaig though.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A balanced combo of fresh earth, roasted marshmallows, office coffee and mocha. The peat lays low, while the alcohol is takes the foreground. I think we might need some water to unravel the complexity of this dram. Indeed, water brings toffee, and the expected peat influences including ashes, coal dust and graphene. Also cola cubs, chestnut wood, chestnut paste, orange zest, and the usual Ledaig-y farm scents. Maybe also some coastal notes. A nice nose, but I have nosed better Ledaigs, so to say.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Wow, this shows its teeth with much more bonfires, ashes, wet stones and farmy notes. This needs water to calm it down. With water, still acrid, woody, ashy and some drops of lemon juice, again chestnut paste and chestnut wood, orange sweets, lime juice and earl grey. Much better complexity and in particular friendlier for my tongues! Some sea salt, beach sand, bonfires, mud, cola cubs, leather jackets (never licked them though) and more mud. I think I liked the diluted palate the most, clearly Ledaig.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is drying with more of the above.

  25. M134481 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruity and citrus, sultanas, nuts, sherry, wood and leather.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Leather, sherry, nuts, chocolate, sultanas, wood and citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Sherry, citrus, nuts, chocolate, raisins and wood.

  26. Nikilema scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  27. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. Roger_Caroni scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Color: Mahogany

    Nose: So, with disorder, here is what you can find: cold ashtray, leather, matured meat, barbecue sauce, menthol, lemon, pepper, tobacco, dried fruit.
    For fans it must seem logical I guess. For guys like me who are not too used, it looks like nothing else.
    A nose really frightening for me, I find it super generous while being really animal. I am really in love.
    If you compare it to a ‘classic’ Ledaig, this one is much hotter, greedy and smoked.
    Amazing like Sherry’s cask will have evolved this spirit.

    Palate: Not far from the nose we can add a beautiful chocolate in the end of the mouth.
    The alcohol is really well integrated, it has an impression of sweetness and delicacy that contrasts well enough with this animal side that also found in the mouth.
    Some kind of toffee appears and give to the whole whisky some generous notes.
    The length is maddening on smoke and animal notes.

  30. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. Sylvia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  33. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is the bottle with the cool retro transfer/hologram label.

    N: What’s this,.. a Cognac or sherry influence? It’s very nutty and chocolatey with a toffee/biscuit/vegetal-herbal complexity. The smokiness is near maple-sweet smoked ham, Hornby engines and a hint of [chestnut] wood thrown in. Some of the cask makeup is PX - am I right?
    T: Oh, this takes me back to my first Laphroaig experiences [initially], delivering a more biscuity and herbal course thereafter. The cask influence appears deliberate yet tempered, allowing for a fair balance. Some bourbon cask action peeks through, but this consolidated recipe isn’t so quickly broken down.
    F: Lots to ponder on from that intense delivery, one that benefits from a little water, but not too much. A balanced, cask-contents-sweet herbal finish with wispy cacao.
    C: Cleverly concocted, modern [if not exactly futuristic], single malt that works a treat. Compliments to Billy

    Scores a B

  34. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This Ledaig stands for one of the better modern day whiskies the industry has to offer presently.
    • Nose
      Voluptuous notes of peat, yet not as intense as I expect from Ledaig. Subtle notes of barbecued bacon, burlap and salty sea air. However, it has a lovely sweetness as well. Cherry syrup comes to mind, maybe some milk chocolate. And finally some of that sauerkraut that always seems to signify Ledaig to me.
    • Taste
      Lots of peat, quite a bit of tar and some soot as well. There’s a subtle sweetness, leading into a touch of menthol and some meaty, smoky barbecue notes, followed by demerara sugar. A good salinity adds a layer of complexity.
    • Finish
      Cocoa powder and medicinal peat. Very long.

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