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Overall rating
88.45/100
votes
69
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Vintage
23.10.2005
Bottled
23.01.2019
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
900163
Number of bottles
627
Strength
57.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
P/000167
Barcode
5060532805486
Added on
24 May 2019 9:42 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 94,28

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 2005 ElD

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.45 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    a bottler that I appreciate more and more:
    intense and characteristic nose of the distillery with a side sherry bomb on stewed black fruits, on a return almost baconné and on peat fat!
    lime and cooked zest, quite spicy, a maritime side with sodden algae, iodized, the return of fruit on cooked and annealed citrus, wood finally a little dry!
    simple final but long and constant.

  2. Andre Lautensack scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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  3. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    H2H with 102524
    2004 GM Cask Strenght 55,5%
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/102524/ledaig-2004-gm
    Which I on a previous sample rated 90 points.
    This is at least two steps darker on the color scale.
    Will that be noticable in the sherry influence which on the GM was almost to perfection?
    Will it effect my total score? As it is interesting to notice that these two bottles are only 0,2 points in difference on the average.

    Conclusion: The GM is still a good 90 points in my book.
    And if I have to distinguish them, this EiD expression falls a mere point short.
    Why? In a peat-sherry combo the peat has to be the leading factor and the sherry a soft compliment. If the sherry is dominant the peat just becomes a disturbance.
    I've tasted far worse atempts on this combo. This is not bad or poorly executed, the sherry is just pushing a little bit too hard.
    • Nose
      87 87
      With time apart these two would be hard to separate.
      There's peat, with salty maritime notes.
      There's sweet chocolate and rich caramel, and as expected the sherry is more prominent than on the GM.
      This slightly more noticable sherry reduces the "Islay feel" that is found in the GM.
      The faint farmy notes I still pick up in the GM is not found in this one.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Bittersweet coofee and charred wood are found in both.
      However there's quite a bit less peat, and all the more sherry in this one.
      It's sweeter, with more dark red fruit.
      This one lack the peppery spice of the GM. And obviously spice is much more than an interpretation of ABV, as this one is 2% higher and the alc is much more noticable.
      A few drops of water seems to level this out.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The GM has some salt cured meat notes that this one seems to be missing. On the other hand this has some very savoury fruit that is not present in the other.
      Both have a long finish, both die off on a sweet note, even though different.

  4. Gomez1981 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    I really enjoy Ledaig bottlings of all kinds, especially younger cask strengths with sherry/red wine/port maturation or finish.
    I love the 2004/2005 SV sherry finished bottlings, but oddly I can't really get along with this one here (glad I only had a sample).
    • Nose
      82 82
      There is a strange, sour note coming along with what I would normally expect from a Ledaig with sherry cask influence. It reminds me of rhubarb (?!).
    • Taste
      84 84
      The sour note is still there but gets covered by sweet smoke.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The better part- Ledaig-like smoke and long aftertaste.

  5. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. wako93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    All in all very successful, dirty but creamy with the longer chewing. Ledaig friends should add 1-2 points to my rating. I am not the friend of this dirty characteristic.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Campfire ash, smoked bacon, dark fruits, classic dirty cowsstall note. I think that's silage (fermented hay).
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very smooth and fruity. But then it gets a bit dirtier with a nice titbit on the tongue. The slight pepper sharpness remains quite long on the palate, before it becomes very creamy. Minimal maritime mineralization comes to light. Light salt breeze.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very pleasant, no scratching and the smoke slowly slides away. Creamy sweets before he gets a bit bitter.

  7. Joint86 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Worthy sherry version of Ledaig.
    It is interesting in itself and with a couple of drops of water. In the latter case, the nose and taste acquire additional softness.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Bonfire, dried fruits, butterscotch
    • Taste
      87 87
      Continuation of the fragrance. More smoke, sea, iodine, sweetness, a little pepper
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pleasant, round, long. Well felt barrel, sea, ripe leaves

  8. Varrek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      light peat, deep sherry, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      91 91
      hit of salt, sherry sweetness, light and delicate peat, round and balanced, oily, little bit ashy after 2 drops of water
    • Finish
      88 88
      a bit dry, minerals and peat

  9. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Balance (22)
    Good Smoke (88)
    • Nose
      Smoked fish, iodine, salt, ash, strawberry jam with pills, chocolate chips (22)
    • Taste
      Salt, iodine, strawberries, pharmacy, pepper (22)
    • Finish
      Finish salty, ashy, smoky menthol and iodine (22)

  10. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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