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Overall rating
88.52/100
votes
84
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

€ 93,92

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 2005 ElD

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.52 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. Ostap scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A very harmonious combination of Ledaig base and sherry extract. Traditionally wonderful work.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh, active, peat, deadwood, herb infusion, ash, nightshade, smoked, sherry, dried fruit, monpanese candy, branded rubber notes, fresh vegetables, tobacco leaves, meat chips, farm theme (pickles with sour), palpable and iodine, slaked lime, sun-dried melon, a mixture of roasted nuts in sugar.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Ash, sherry, smoke, BBQ, juicy, sweet, meat, citrus, raw pumpkin, knits.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Smoke, ash, meat, BBQ, warms, long, bread crumbs, juicy fruit, tobacco, light mustard herbal tincture.

  3. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Glass: Snifter Whisky Dram
    Good sherry Ledchig. Drink in small sips and the further the more you like him. The aroma is softened, the taste develops ... This is good.
    In aromatics, burnt automobile rubber on hot asphalt, medical bandages in anesthetics, iodine, burnt pieces of wood, salt, wet sea pebbles ... eventually become much softer ...
    Taste follows aroma, and how could it be otherwise? Salty and sweet, with bitterness and a lot of iodine, leather and tobacco ... Full compote of tastes ...
    Finish: powerful, long, warm, salty, leather and peat.
    22/23/22/22
    89

  4. Andre Lautensack scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    https://youtu.be/y_H2omC6s-U

  5. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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.

  7. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    An island peat sherry story in which the sherry has his hat on, the peat is delicately integrated but the island is not neglected. I like that. I'm one of those who have a hard time with sherry boards and peat monsters. But the Ledaig has something of both and none of them seem intrusive. Exactly mine. Bringing the spirit into this balance in just 13 years is remarkable. A masterpiece! A big THANKS to André for this great rehearsal.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Peat notes like a walk by the sea. In addition, milk chocolate with classic toffee and a strikingly distinctive sherry for 13 years. An island experience with a difference and the peat history is not so overwhelming (for me). All notes fill the nose very balanced, ... you can sniff it forever. If peat smoke with sherry, then so. Am thrilled. Barrel management A +.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Richly creamy and mouth-filling, he starts. Slightly bittersweet salty and a far away campfire with a delicate peat note. On the palate rich sherry with the sweetness of the dark fruits. Oha, wow ... something happens. Warm and tender pepper hand a spice load pure with violent alcohol. Nothing works without water. But then it is seductively creamy and flattering to the mouth. With water, the "oily texture" becomes the main part of its 13 year history.
    • Finish
      87 87
      A long finish that remains. Still sweet and warm, it only goes slowly with a full and good mouthfeel. He'll bring back memories no matter where I meet him again. Im looking forward to it. This dram is always very exciting
      but without corners and edges.

  8. z1reticuli scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Clean, integrated, oldish (think leather and furniture), abundance of hints that reward a patient connoisseur. Almost "ardbeggian" (this word comes from Serge V.) thing. There is a 14 out now, and I just don't believe it can be better than this.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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