Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
11 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Sep 2019 3:08 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 76.00

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27 × member ratings

52 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 2008 CA

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.13 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2019] Tobermory-Ledaig is one of the few distilleries (beside Bowmore, Springbank and Glen Grant) which releases improved over the recent years (while the quality at most other distilleries went south during the whisky boom). I am curious if it stays this way with this young Ledaig release...

    ...and it does. Again a flawless and tasty Ledaig that is on eye-level with Islay drams of a comparable age (e.g., Kilchoman). It shows some interesting flavours when reduced and it is very quaffable, no doubt.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers an interestingly fresh malty-peaty profile which is on par with Islay drams of a comparable age. This time I can comprehend the tasting notes of Cadenhead - yes, this is grassy, oily and herbal with fine barley sugars in the background and appropriate but never dominating wooden notes. All is nicely balanced, just the maritime-medicinal aromas are missing (compared to Islay) because Tobermory uses mainland peat, obviously.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is an amalgam of malty, peaty and wooden flavours in a close-to-perfection mix. It is not overly complex but very delicious with unusual impressions that often come with great drams (e.g., machine oils like with Springbank). The spices grow stronger upon chewing (peppers, ginger, vanilla) as do the sweet toffee notes which combine to a crème brûlée towards the finish (there it is, Cadenhead!). No flaw or off-note, and all is pretty balanced again.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is hot (55.2% abv) and instantly coats the whole of the mouth with a creamy texture and peppery moments. I like that, it is much better than with most Islay drams these days. The finish is long and turns more spicy , maybe a little bit too much if you do not like hot profiles. But I do and to me this is okay. Some water turns both nose and taste punchier but a further reduction unlocks more interesting aromas (sooty, earthy, waxy) in the nose and smoothes the taste which now gets really charming to my taste buds. I like this dram neat and with a fair share of water (reduced to about 40% abv).

  2. DeanoH scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    N. Brine, fire embers, kippers, Maple cured bacon

    P. Medicinal, salty, oily, touch of vanilla, smoke, carbolic

    F. Fish oil, iodine, smoke, vanilla

    Delicious example of ledaig. The nature of the distillate really shines through.

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    bourbon refill, fruits, sweetness, smoke, peat, mercurochrome, iodine - Ledaig!

    2cl sample - want more...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Allandale scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Smoke, oily and herbal.
    • Nose
      Wet smoke and oil. Grassy and herbal.
    • Taste
      Wet soot, engine oil and quite drying. Root ginger, toffee yoghurt and smoked apples.
    • Finish
      Big, chewy and oily with diminishing wet wood smoke.

  5. Simo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  6. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Review from a blind tasting:
    very harmonious, straw-colored dram with well-integrated smoke. Distillate driven.
    • Nose
      89 89
      a lot of smoke, distillate but not alcoholic, yeast, sweet and sour, earth, oak wood
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very strong right from the start. a lot of smoke but nicely integrated, honey-soft, earth, grass
    • Finish
      88 88
      long lasting with smoke, grass and cinnamon

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The slightly more special Ledaig Rauch. Also herbs, citrus, whey and fresh bourbon barrel notes.
    In the mouth the whole thing now looks a bit fuller and older than in the nose. Now there is also sweetness paired with dirty smoke.

    Yo. He already looks relatively young. Perhaps I would have typed it blindly under the age of 11.
    The barrel was certainly not the most active colleague, but the Ledaig character, who is beautiful to me, helps over it.

    Very good younger Ledaig.

  8. edelmeister scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Lemon yogurt !! Really nice

  9. arre2507 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      In the beginning a nice nose from the farm: wet pasture, hay, cowshed, damp wood. Unfortunately, the farm flies a little after a while and changes into herbs, citrus notes, cereals, tar (light), machine oil and cowshed again. Surprisingly complex for an 11-year-old malt.
    • Taste
      90 90
      At first a little aggressive in the mouth by the 55.2%, but then you are rewarded with a fantastic mouthfeel. The farm is back, very malty and with a cowshed. Again herbs and citrus notes develop a fantastic taste experience.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Surprisingly long and full-bodied finish with initially light citrus notes and later pure milk chocolate. You even have the feeling in your mouth as if you just had a large piece of chocolate with small pieces of lemon? eaten. For several minutes.

  10. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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