Ledaig 2005 ElD

Overall rating
88.37/100
votes
123
Whiskybase ID
WB132096
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

€ 115.41

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Whisky reviews for Ledaig 2005 ElD

32 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.37 points.

  1. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This was a delightfully strange dram— but that is par for the course when it comes to Ledaig. The transition between pastries to seafood on the nose was pretty wild, while the flavor profile on the palate transitioned more smoothly between fruity and savory. Overall the nose and the finish of the dram were both superb— they were so complex with so many different impressions competing to stand out. The palate was just a bit simpler, the flavors almost appearing as if in a neat line rather than a dog pile.

    Mental Image: Day Old Dirty Yakiniku Grill.
    • Nose
      Two-faced: one moment the nose is blueberry pound cake or cherry cobbler, the next moment charcoal grilled seafood and fat. The presence of salt on the nose comes and goes, when it does the nose turns more savory or maritime like crispy salmon skin or maple bacon. When the salt fades minty hot chocolate, cookie dough— all sorts of sweet desserts and fruits emerge.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, the dram is dominated by a lovely fruit profile. Stewed stone fruits, poached apples, sour cherries, and dried pickled plums give a lovely sweet-salty-tart complexity. Layers of spice accent the fruits: cloves, salt, and the green licorice flavor of shiso. The spice and fruit notes remind me a bit of an ume and shiso onigiri (a rice ball with salty pickled plum and shiso leaf in it). Rich mesquite smoke, leather, and meaty seafood notes form near the end building to the finish.
    • Finish
      Lingering sweet Christmas spices and pickled fruits.

  2. KonstUA scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 23, finish 22, balance 22
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    deliciously dirty, fruity and peaty, rough, leather, tarmac, tar, earth and ash

    WB rate #1500!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. ConvalRen scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. The_Osprey scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ledaig 13, 57.3%, 627 bottles, Single Malts of Scotland. Dark orange colour. Aroma is old ham found in the back of a dirty coal cooker. Has that dirty coal gas smell I associate with Ledaig but it's actually a little endearing here and overcome by ham. Pretty nice nose. Taste is oily peaty, charcoal is dominant, the sherry is integrated, the smoke is lovely, there's a punch of menthol and eucalyptus which is slightly discordant in my opinion. Has a good intensity. Liquid charcoal. I mean there's plenty to like here. The sherry isn't that prominent and I think I'm glad of that in this case. About as good as Ledaig gets I'd say, or at least it has to be by far the best one I have tasted in the last few years. 3.7/88

  9. HammerHead scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Quite a vegetal and earthty style of peatiness, some greasy smoke, but less than average for a Ledaig at this age. Slightly stale, sillage, pickles, herbacious, piccalilly, meaty, soy sauce, sherry sweetness, some maple syrup, sour cherries, red currants, dried fruits, vegetables, some tobacco.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Barbecue smoke, bonfires, earthy, smoked meat, maple syrup, sweet sherry fruits, dried fruits, black liquorice, black coffee, quite some sharp pepperiness, charred and ashy wood notes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very long: barbecue smoke, piccalilly, still syrupy sweetness, very dark chocolate, peppery, black liquorice, scorched wood and ashes.

  10. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. DGV scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The classic features of Ledaig are hard to confuse with anything else. This is smoke, barnyard, plus tones corresponding to sherry aging. The aroma is its strongest point. There was a lack of saturation and smoothness in the taste and finish, and there was also too much ginger bitterness. In general, an original, interesting malt, catching with its personality.
    • Nose
      Closed at the beginning. With time spent in a glass and adding a few drops of water, it begins to open. A plume of smoke, wet wool, freshly cut grass, wine tones represented by berries.
    • Taste
      Peppery with moderate sweetness. Smoke, "little animal" from the farmyard, ginger, dried fruit in sugar, some raw dough.
    • Finish
      Average duration. Pepper, ginger bitterness, a certain mustiness, berries,

  12. Erik1908 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Strange when poured in the glass, I miss the typical earthy and dominant Ledaig notes. Also with hand-warming these don't come to the front. Nild sherry notes, bit of ash and bbq flavors. In other words; a subtle Ledaig nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very warm mouth feeling. Thick and oily. Meaty bbq flavors with a great sherry "rub". Red fruit in addition all over the place. Peat-smoke is there but remains again in the back. Like the nose, quite a subtle Ledaig.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very long finish. In the finish ashy notes and some burned meat. Great sherry influence till the very end.

  13. Funtik scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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  14. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Can’t really go wrong with these mid 2000s ledaigs, maybe I like this one a bit less than the others

  16. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: peat, fruit, light sherry, sugar elements.
    Taste: From the first sip a strong smoky aroma with the addition of fruit. Meat elements. Multi-layer flavor. Pleasant to receive.
    Rating: 88 | 100 Finis quite long with a smoky aroma with some spices. Good whisky !

  17. Moses scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    An island-peat-sherry story in which the sherry has its hat on, the peat is delicately integrated but the island does not miss out either. I like that. I'm someone who has a hard time with sherry boards and peat monsters. But Ledaig has a bit of both and none of them seems intrusive. Exactly mine. Bringing the spirit into this balance in just 13 years is remarkable. A masterpiece! A big THANK YOU to André for this great rehearsal.
    • Nose
      Peat herb notes like a stroll by the sea. Or sauna infusion !? In addition, milk chocolate with classic toffee and a strikingly distinctive sherry for 13 years. An island experience with a difference and the herb peat story is not that overwhelming (for me). All notes fill the nose in a very balanced way, ... you can sniff it forever. If peat smoke with sherry, then this is it. Am thrilled. Drum management A +.
    • Taste
      Satisfied, creamy and mouth-filling, it starts off. Slightly bittersweet salty and a distant campfire with a delicate note of peat. On the palate full of sherry with the sweetness of the dark fruits. Oha, wow ... something happens. Warm and tender pepper pass a load of spices pure with heavy alcohol. Nothing works without water. But then it is seductively creamy and a mouth flatterer in front of the Lord. With water, the “oily texture” becomes the main part of its 13 year history.
    • Finish
      A long finish that lasts. Still sweet and warm, it goes slowly with a full and good mouthfeel. He will bring back memories no matter where I meet him again. Im looking forward to it. This dram is always going, very exciting
      but without corners and edges.

  18. Ostap scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.

  19. z1reticuli scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    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.

  20. 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

  21. Andre Lautensack scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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  22. Gomez1981 scored this whisky 84 points Expert 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.

  23. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  24. wako93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  25. Joint86 scored this whisky 86 points Expert 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

  28. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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)

  29. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  31. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  32. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  34. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. wisekyofcourse 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.

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