Ledaig 2005 ElD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Stated Age
13 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
57.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
24 May 2019 9:42 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 179.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 2005 ElD

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.51 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. 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.

  3. 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, sour cherries, red currants, vegetables, some tobacco.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Barbecue smoke, bonfires, earthy, smoked meat, sweet sherry fruits, black liquorice, black coffee, quite some sharp pepperiness, charred and ashy wood notes.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Very long: barbecue smoke, piccalilly, some syrupy sweetness, very dark chocolate, peppery, black liquorice, scorched wood and ashes.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Andre Lautensack scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior


  7. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. peatbogger scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    H2H with 102524
    2004 GM Cask Strenght 55,5%
    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.

  9. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. 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


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