Ledaig 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.42/100
votes
201
Whiskybase ID
WB146901
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Bottled
09.12.2019
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask Finish
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
2060906 L5 xx:xx 19343
Barcode
5029704218059
Added on
18 jan 2020 10:00 pm by Whiskylifestyle
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 135.90

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Whisky reviews for Ledaig 18-year-old

49 users have left 50 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.42 points.

  1. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  2. EricLeeee scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Wonderful balance between pettiness and sherry notes.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rich peat sweet smoke, tar, minerals, oyster shells, lime, brine, smoked bacon, tart fruit, medium creamy sherry, vanilla, honey cake, white pepper. 89
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full-bodied phenolic sensation, medical potion, caramel, young wood, sweet bacon, sea salt, cherry jam, pepper. 88
    • Finish
      88 88
      Med-long; some peat continuation which is not very strong but long and soft, some oiliness, smoke, pepper, with spice aftertaste. 88

  3. dapoinbua scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Artus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. YD84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Campfire, brine, smoked meat, barbeque sauce, rich red fruits, ash, tar, earth, coffee, pepper, tobacco leaf, honey roasted nuts, herbs, leather. Beautifully integrated. Complex, elegant and engaging. Absolutely fantastic.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. jordancheto scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

  7. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. MarcinCh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Dark amber color, even with ruby accents. The whisky is quite dense and oily in its structure.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Smoke and peat. At the same time, it is perfectly mixed with the influence of Sherry casks. Sweet, red fruit. Asphalt. Cherries and cherries, but so dark and sweet. Spices. A pinch of salt and white pepper. Caramel and vanilla in the background. Maybe some cranberries.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Peat, but sweet. Caramel. Sea. Salty caramel. Red, sweet fruit. Lots of sea salt. Spices. Black pepper. Cherries. Some forest notes. Forest litter. For the second sip Asphalt, tar, soot.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Peat. Sea. Seaweed. Smoke quite dense and heavy. Sweetness. Salty caramel. Lots of sea salt. Spices. White pepper. Long finish. Heavier after the second sip. More peat in the heaviest edition - asphalt and tar.

  9. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Gregorsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Sander79 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. JoachimV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      First a salty farm air. Then black chocolate, red berries, oranges, cashew nuts, dates and crème brûlée enhance the nose. There is much to discover here!
    • Taste
      Sweet peat smoke, honey, dates, smoked meat, crème brûlée, red berries, orange zest, salt and a little pepper.
      I expected the mouthfeel to be a little thicker.
    • Finish
      Medium length with the flavors from above.

      Tasty and complex.
      I score him a point higher than the 10 year old, because there is a bit more to discover in it.
      But if I'm honest, the 10 year old tasted better to me yesterday than this 18 year old.
      I therefore prefer to buy two 10 year old Ledaigs instead of 1 18 year old. Although he certainly enjoyed it!

      I think I'll try another sample later.

  13. praisethepasta scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose really set the bar, and while it’s not unusual to see the palate not living up to expectations, in this case it more than delivered in my opinion. A big, powerful whisky, but rather than acting like a bull in a china shop, it’s also very benign. The BFG of whiskies? In any case, this is quality stuff!
    • Nose
      89 89
      unmistakably peat and smoke: clear and obvious, but not overpowering. At 38-40 ppm that counts as a well peated malt I’d say, and although the peat impact tends to diminish the older a whisky gets, it does stand its ground in this whisky, and very much so. Also, waves and waves of rich, red fruit – (overripe) berries, blackcurrant, figs and blue grapes. Salted, caramelized apples leaning towards medicinal and maritime notes. Raisin bread and cake and sweet spices. Together with the smoke this makes for a very warming, almost Christmassy sensation.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The nose almost completely transfers on the palate. The mouthfeel is bold and viscous at first but then it turns and becomes dry and ashy-sooty, making the peat and smoke notes more prominent. Warming, with a pleasant, very mild bitterness like from a well roasted coffee. Again, those rich, red fruits are there, with the Christmas cake and its army of sweet baking spices backing things up, and while I didn’t pick up a lot of the medicinal notes I got on the nose, the salinity is still very much there. In the back there ‘s this note of old, dry wood.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is satisfyingly long, rich and spicy-sweet with notes of clove and baking spices ending in a sweet smoke echo.

  14. L_Gillian scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Motor oil, burnt tires, coolant... Petrolheads will feel right at home! Dense and sweet overall. There's dry earthy peat, wet clay, redcurrant, vegetal notes and a touch of anise. Dark chocolate and marzipan when left for a while.
      The contrasting profile makes for an interesting nosing session that's experienced in clear stages of evolvement.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Contrary to the nose, it's pretty gentle and straightforward. Somewhat sour sherry profile, nice syrupy viscosity after some time chewing. Blueberries, redcurrant, leather, crème brûlée with a burnt sugar coating and dry earth.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium intensity. Pleasantly sour and tart. A burned, charred note and earthy peat, thyme, fresh mint leafs. The sherry sweetness is muzzled but works countering the tart notes, making for a pleasant but soft finish. Doesn't linger on too long.

  15. rich_93 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    This is a powerhouse of a malt and it takes a long time to open up. Both challenging and rewarding. I found it quite unpleasant initially, with a mix of sour red berries and in your face peat. With the bottle 1/3 gone and a few months worth of air, it came into its own nicely, and continued to improve.

    There is a lot of subtlety hiding in this one. I suggest experimenting with large amounts of water to reveal it.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peaty and sherried, some alcohol prickle. Earthy, twiggy campfire peat. A medicinal, herbal, mentholic note reminiscent of angelica root oil or wormwood. Some anise and clove, cardamom. With water, the sharpness of the peat is softened, and gentler notes reveal themselves. Cherries, almond, and some rich pastry notes, it’s a cherry bakewell tart! Also cherry juice and jam, this luxurious fruitiness really comes out with water. Blood oranges and sweet grapefruit. I occasionally get some dirty animalic notes from this, which is really cool - civet and castoreum (beaver gland extract, a deep sweet leathery note). Soft leather throughout. All kinds off dark berries, fresh and jammy.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Ooofff, very concentrated and needs water. Peat, citrus, vanilla. Dark and herbal, with cherry menthol lozenges, thyme, black pepper. Lots of anise and sweet-savoury licorice. Nuts and a hint of chocolate. Water brings out the fresher lemon, bergamot, almost rhubarb acidity. The nose translates to the palate.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mentholic, herbal, soft ash. Blackcurrant and liquorice, thyme with cardamom. The acidity continues into the finish, which is quite unique and pleasant.

  16. bankimate scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  17. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Yet another great Ledaig OB bottling.!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Just like most Ledaig bottlings I tasted, you immediately recognize the distillery profile: earthy, dirty, sweet peat-smoke, burned rubber and burned meat on the BBQ. But no full blown attack like many of the cask strength releases. Slightly milder and elegant.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Same is applicable for the taste. Things are less aggressive and quite milder. Although for an 18y old expression, the peat-smoke is still very dominant. War and sweet roasted bbq meat, sherry sauce with oaky flavors. Enter black pepper.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long to long finish, as often when is comes to Ledaig. Tickling spicy flavors all over the mouth.

  18. hzs275 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  19. Gregorsky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  20. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Raisins, bit of peat, green fruits, lemon, toffee, raisins, very nice

  21. Blacksheep79 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  22. Sporx scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Sherry, sweet, tobacco, cherry, leather, herbs

    taste
    Sweet, spicy, herbs, cinnamon, creamy, woody spice, little smoke

    finish
    Medium length, somewhat astringent, sweetish, smoke

  23. Jimbeau scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  24. HunterRomario scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol: 46.3%
    Aroma: Beautifully sweet scent full of sherry and peat. Clay with sour fruitiness, as is the case with finishes after red wine. Candied fruit, sweet gum. (89 b)
    Taste: Prickly, spicy, peppery, peat. Fruity, smoke. The body is a bit thinner, but the long peat reverberation will make up for it. At the end of sherry drying. (87 b)
    Points: 88/100

  25. SAND did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    (Tasted 13.10.2021, quick notes)
    Nose: Rich, oily, medium.
    Taste: Sweet and juicy, medium black pepper.
    Finish:
    Overall: Juicier but less oily and dirty than batch #3 (?).

  26. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Photo Moderator

    Not heavily peated but a lot of sherry notes and probably also slightly sulphury
    • Nose
      83 83
      Lot of sherry, vinous notes, sultanas, nuts, spices, xmas spice, little honeydew, citric, hints of rubber, whiffs of leather, very light peat and smoke
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily, sirupy, good sweetness, fruity, red berries, more peat and smoke, spices, little tobacco, little medicinal, honey, little rubbery and leathery
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, warm, fruity, little leathery

  27. milkbonez scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Enjoyable older peated sherry whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark brown sugar and dark honey with smoke interwoven, slight medicinal note (might think this was a more refined laphroaig if it was blind), worcestereshire sauce,
    • Taste
      90 90
      Smoky and dark fruits. those same dark brown sugar and dark honey nuts show up, but balanced by the oak and tannins from the sherry. It all comes together quite nicely.
    • Finish
      85 85
      This is the only spot where I feel like it's a slight letdown, especially for a peated whisky. It's not totally disappointing, but it thins out kinda quickly compared to many Islay where the finish shines...perhaps I'm being harsh, but the bar for finishes on smoke and sherry is high for me. This is acceptable though.

  28. kamiln scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    My favourite whisky ever…
    Intense on nose, even tough it’s not CS.
    Complex and simply delicious.

    Nose:
    Salty, sweet peat. Honey, red fruits, wet forest earth, some spices, winey, tobacco, old leather.
    What an amazing nose it is!

    Finish: long, changes from sweet, over peaty, to sour and bitter. Complex and very pleasent.

    Half a bottle left. It’s time to save…

  29. coldsun scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Strong peaty smoke, acetone, paint, sea salt, farm, decayed see weeds, fruits dried on the sun (like apples, pears, plums), zest, leather, little hints of creosote, machine oil and flowers.

  30. Trops scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    2/1/2/2

  31. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Smoky bacon, wet dog, wood smoke and petrol are the immediate notes I get on the nose, but gradually a lot of extra complexity emerges: ripe, dark fruits from the sherry cask, some well-integrated oak, coriander and thyme. Lovely, unique profile that doesn’t just try and replicate the Islay peat monsters. Plenty of soft, warming bonfire smoke on the palate, with only a hint of sweetness from the sherry. A creamy note gradually emerges, leading to a long, lingering smoky and nutty finish. A really nice peated dram where the sherry cask complements, rather than competes with, Ledaig spirit. Great balance from nose through to finish.

  32. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    I don't know what to make of it. It's interesting, but to be honest, it's not a pleasure for me in that sense. The nose rather scares me off. Mouth and finish then reconcile a little in the end. I call it whisky full of character, a character that I don't really like.
    • Nose
      The nose is bursting with sulfur, burnt rubber, somehow salmiaklacrit and rotten smoked fish in between. Musty is pretty good, there is a hint of rot in the air, over time the nose becomes a little clearer, more citrus, more peat, but the profile is still very special and you really have to like it.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is surprisingly normal at first. Pepper and a lot of tart oak notes, a subtle sweetness and rather burnt peat notes in the background.
    • Finish
      The finish shows salmiak again, but at least one is spared the mold. Tart-sweet notes from the sherry barrel, a lot of peat, slightly tart, tart finish.

  33. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 86 points Super Administrator

    Older peated whiskies are not necessarily better than their raw and spirit-driven counterparts - they are different. That said, there is a lot to discover in this 18-year-old Ledaig. On the nose, sooty and slightly sour peat smoke hovers over dry sherry notes, including red currants, leather and walnuts. Initially sweet and oily, the taste explodes with a punch of spices and peat, drifting towards rubber, grapefruit zest and burned coffee. Chili, licorice and lots of tannins dominate the long and pungent finish. An expressive character, but I do prefer its younger sibling.

    RATING: 3.9/5.0 stars ≙ 86 pts → FIRST-CLASS [-]
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. MaroFF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Another item that jumps in as "buy me". Something wonderful, tasty and fully polished. The whisky is delicate and pleasantly lingers with its flavors in the throat. mi Lagavulin therefore immediately becomes a must for me!
    • Nose
      88 88
      smoked meat, gum, salt, fire, apricots, smoked plums
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet, honey, slightly salty, apricots, raisins, ash from the fire,
    • Finish
      90 90
      long, pleasant, smoked fish, smoky, ash again, pepper, licorice, charcoal, sweet, tea and cherry tips.

  35. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  36. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Wow, what a scent - sherry, burnt rubber, burning hearth, elegant cowshed) The taste is slightly bitter, sharp, strong and a little sweet. The finish is long with bitterness and well warming. 22.5-22-22.5-22

  37. besar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  38. elipszis scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is brilliant.
    Peat and sherry are in very good harmony.
    • Nose
      93 93
      milk rice
      bag of raisins with cottage cheese
      sherry
      bitter
      burnt rubber
      salt
      old furniture
      plum
      strawberry
    • Taste
      91 91
      more rounded flavors than 10-year-olds
      but the house style feels great
      burnt wood
      sherry
      pineapple
      black pepper
      bitter smoke
      clay
      nettle tea
    • Finish
      91 91
      sweet and ripe tropical fruit (banana)
      intensive (house style)
      long finish
      burnt rubber
      bitter

  39. riegerjonas scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2021-04-13: I liked the predecessor WID: 93480 better
    • Nose
      87 87
      fine rubber notes with smoke, typical cowshed (wet hay, ...), fine vanilla, brittle, caramel
    • Taste
      86 86
      Citrus, light smoke, sherry influence barely noticeable, profile is reminiscent of Talisker 18, harmonious, a bit thin
    • Finish
      86 86
      rather short

  40. 11insomnium scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A little more complex and fruity with water. Great aroma with a dirty smoky note that clearly sets it apart from Islay.
    • Nose
      Aromatic rubber and mineral, very special smoky note, fruity-flowery sweetness with dark dried fruits, some chocolate, oak. Slightly musty after game reserve over time
    • Taste
      Smoky, strong, spicy and tart, sweet-fruity and aromatic, oak
    • Finish
      Full, spicy and smoky with a tart leather note and a little dryness

  41. Bene37 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Crème brulée with brown sugar, red fruits (apple, berries), brackish (machine oil), embers, some ham and some anise, light smoke

    Palate: creamy and full, red fruits (berries, cherries, apples), crème brulée with brown sugar, somewhat brackish (machine oil), embers and ash, some anise

    Finish: warm, medium-long, red fruits, crème brulée, somewhat brackish, some ash and smoke, some anise

    Rating: I like! Crème brulée, red fruits and brackish in one; not perfectly balanced, but not boring for a second, smoke and anise give it that certain something - I really like it.

  42. Highlander65 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very good, robust and masculine. Alcohol not received
    • Nose
      Here is peat, in the form of brake linings, then red fruit, blackberries and raspberries, licorice, tobacco, after a while there is also smoke, barbecue
    • Taste
      Bowmore-style elegant peat, licorice and chocolate, barbecue, grilled bacon
    • Finish
      Very long, with lots of licorice and barbecued meat

  43. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  44. karloff scored this whisky 84 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    The balance wasn't there for me but I still enjoyed it. I had a Cooper's Choice version of this which was far superior.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Lots of nuts and dried fruit.
      Ledaigs always tend to be a bit meaty and this is no exception.
      Judging by this nose it is well balanced.
      A little bit medicinal but I don't mind.
      I used scrape out horses hoofs when I was a kid and this reminds me of the smell.
    • Taste
      82 82
      The balance in the taste tips heavily on the peat side.
      The sherry influence is there but it's subtle, personally I would want more.
      Lots of spice on that cured meat.
      As a peat lover you can't help but love that side of it but as a sherry lover you feel let down.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The finish is long, slightly bitter and dry, in this case it isn't a bad thing because there are things in-between like salt, pepper and more of that hard chewy dried fruit.

  45. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  46. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  47. macog scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    After the great 14y Amontillado CS, I was hoping for another highlight.
    But he can't get to the one just mentioned. Less flavor, less complex. Not bad but I thought the 14er was much better

  48. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  49. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The hay-like maltiness makes a difference with batch 3. It's also thinner in profile than that one, which makes that I scored it one point lower. Nevertheless a very nice continuation of this expression.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sulphur sherry and peat. Cheese crisps. When the sulphur curtain opens, there's a lot of hay. Cherry and a little peach as well.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sulphur, earthy peat, cherry, salted caramel and chocolate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sulphur, peat and cherry.

  50. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 834: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lyHRt38-wk (90/100).

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