Superb! Great chocolate, red berry, and tropical fruit notes, with this awesome savoury, earthy peat complement. I think a slightly thicker texture and longer finish would push this to an even higher score. I didn't really get any of the typical Ledaig funk at all, though. I'm not an enormous Ledaig fan, so maybe that's partly why I liked it so much. I tried this blind and guessed it was Ardbeg Blaaack CR.
Nose: Peat and sweet! The peat is earthy and wet. Some sauteed mushrooms and mossy rocks. Icing-sugar-dusted Frutti di Bosco, banana bread, and chocolate cake. Candy apples (the ones with the hard red coating), blackberries, dried mango, cherry, and blood oranges. A distinct dry red wine note, which might suggest what this could be. Cumin and white pepper. Toasted malt.
Palate: Medium texture, moderate heat. Orange, berries and caramel up front, along with tire fire and earthy peppery smoke. Very savoury on the development, but sweet and rich as well. Black forest cake that fell into a peat bog. Lemon peel, mixed berries, more dried mango, and seaweed. Plenty of cocoa powder and cinnamon. Sweet towards the finish, with various fruit jams on toast.
Finish: Medium-length. Earthy peat, savoury cooked veggies, and dark black coffee. Roasted almonds and raspberry jam sandwich cookies. Ginger, star anise, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Lingering toasty marshmallows.