A peat sledgehammer! This is a very nice heavily-peated dram, with plenty of aggression and rough edges to love. There’s barely just enough subtlety to keep things interesting, which was enhanced with water. I’d say it’s right at the upper end of my preferred level of ashiness and peat intensity. It certainly has lots of that really intense charred and ashy flavour. All in all, a tasty and compelling Ledaig, especially for anyone with a masochistic streak.
Nose: Big and brash. Heavy coastal peat, ash, and iodine. Carolina-style barbeque sauce on smoked pork. Earthy, almost sweaty, like malt vinegar. A little bit of lime and dried oregano. Vanilla and dark chocolate buried underneath.
Palate: Medium texture. Ginger, citrus pith, and hay up front, turning to burnt sugar and fish flakes. Hugely peaty on the development. Charred punky wood, heavy soot and ash, with oak, wood sugars, tobacco smoke, and very strong black coffee on the back end. Some peach tea shines through from under all the peat smoke.
A dribble of water sweetens things up and makes the dram more fragrant. There’s more plush citrus, with some smoked chili and rosemary.
Finish: Beeg. Peaty, of course. Iodine, ash, minerals, and charcoal. Some grass and green melon.