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Overall rating
85.77/100
votes
79
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
casQueteers (cQs)
Vintage
05.03.1993
Bottled
10.09.2019
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
243
Strength
48.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
01 Oct 2019 12:28 pm by gooos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 175.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 1993 cQs

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.77 points

  1. shaven scored this whisky 100 points Member Senior

    Best whisky in the world, definitely a 100.
    No need to rate it 67 and 68 when you know how the rating system works on whiskybase.
    68 is below a Johnnie walker red label when compared on this site, these "super administrators" can hardly be taken seriously.
    Also curious, where did you taste it? Or did you hear about this malt from someone else? Take a look around at other Ledaigs from that period, they all seem to be less smoky than the current ones. I Strongly doubt this is written with any reference.

    When 2 "super administrators" come up with the same score, we can all question their so called unbiased opinion. Comparing the taste with a garbage bag doesn't seem to be objective at all.

  2. whiskybros scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    The discussion about this whisky seems to be rather personal than about the whisky.
    These extremes don't seem valid in the least.
    What surprises us the most is Tijmen being familiar with the taste of garbage bags.
    We're tasting it with a group of people and we all seem to like it.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The nose is very subtle and it needs a lot of time to open up. It's not peaty, that's for sure, it has dried grass, citrus and a very subtle hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste itself is lovely, the age seem to have balanced it really well. At first it's rather sweet with hints of apples, berries.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Because of it's complex and subtle flavors the finish is not prominent.
      This whisky needs a lot of time as stated before. Our expectation is that it will only improve over time after being open for a couple of weeks.
      This is not a starter's whisky

  3. MaltMartin scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    This whisky has obviously caused some controversy, so time for a proper tasting in my own dedicated tasting room under controlled circumstances! This tasting note is actually based on two samples of the same whisky; 1) a first sample from the final half-filled bottle by the broker who couldn't fill a complete bottle from the cask anymore (and of which the initial samples from Whiskybase were detracted), and 2) a second sample from an official full bottle. In my view, the second sample is the 'better' one, in particular on the taste. There might be a kind of logic for that if you look at the phase of bottling of both samples. Still not a whisky I would buy a whole bottle though. But don't shoot me on this, it's just my personal opinion:-)
    • Nose
      The nose starts very greenish, with cut grass, nettle and apple-mint. Followed by juniper berries and eucalyptus. Cumin seed. Later on less enjoyable associations of wet coardboard. Varnish as well. Not that promising to be honest. Sample 1 has a slightly more rough edge than sample 2 which has some more sweetness of barley sugar. Blindly, I wouldn't have guessed this was Ledaig. I would argue for its unpeated sister Tobermory which issued a lot mid 1990's whisky's with this quirky musty profile.
    • Taste
      Now more on citrus fruit of lemon, lime and peel zest. In particular sample 2 has a nice punchy acidness, while sample 1 remains quite bitter and austere. both samples have distinguished hints of peat at the background, but sample 2 is cleaner and more 'lively' than sample 1.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Very dry. Vicks cough pastilles. Pine at the background. There's not much difference between the two samples. In my humble opinion this whisky is not very well balanced. The nose is weird and not very enjoyable, the taste is better though with fruitiness intermingled with gentle peatiness. I would rate sample 1 definitely below 80 points, sample 2 slightly above 80 points. On average: 80 points.

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This definitely needs time in the glass. Initially a little weird, but after some 15 minutes it really comes alive. Also it's more peaty than I expected based on some of the other comments here. There's definitely peat to be found (mainly on the nose) but it's quite subtle. I actually like this a lot.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Toasted twigs, a sour note (pickles), salted butter, greasy, meaty, pancakes with bacon, sweet mashed potato, some unripe fruits (apples?), paksoi.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very oily and buttery, also savory and meaty, almost like licking the grease from a used frying pan. A nice sourness, but not the fruity kind, more like a sweeter style of gherkins. Also some liquorice and a note of black pepper.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long: a continuation of the taste with an emphasis on savory notes, butter and liquorice.

  5. danilo scored this whisky 68 points Super Administrator

    The nose is sweet, grainy, yeasty and feinty. With notes of yoghurt, new wood, elderflower, beer, sourdough, mashed potatoes, oat milk, ink, cardboard and plasticine. Not really elegant so far.

    The taste is bitter with cardboard, lemon, stale beer, gin, apple and plasticine.

    Finish is dry with cardboard, stale beer, tea and a gin like bitterness.

  6. Tijmen scored this whisky 67 points Super Administrator

    I have to agree with Danilo on this whisky. I cannot detect any peat and I really don't like this whisky at all. It smells very yeasty and funky. Artificial orange yoghurt, juniper berries, wet cardboard and KOMO garbage bag.

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the later Ledaig, this one is definately different, no peat or hints of smoke at all. Fruitiness and some sweetness, with unfortunately also some pretty prominent bitter notes.
    Those bitter notes are not really unpleasant or something, but it looks like it prevends other flavours from coming to the surface. Not very complex or impressive to me, but still a good whisky though.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, pretty strong alcohol. Apples, oranges, citrus. And some grassy notes. Later on more fresh wood comes in, chipboard or something alike.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fruity and sweet, pretty strong, some pepper. Then some hard-to-define bitterness comes in, with a sour note underneath. orangezest maybe. And a hint of licorice.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still some bitterness, with this sour note aside. Again some licorice, some pepper as well. Middlelong, with the bitterness remaining.

  8. Zjoske scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    When I first tasted this immediately after opening the bottle the cardboard taste others have mentioned was quite unpleasant. Now however, two months after opening, that cardboard is gone completely. What remains is a very nice citrus-fruity, lightly smoked whisky, which lacks a certain punch, but makes up for it in a subtle, gentle way.

  9. gertvt scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Steven79 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

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