Ledaig Rioja Cask Finish

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Sinclair Series
Ex Bourbon + Rioja Cask Finish
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
2155715L515:03 20302
Added on
12 Nov 2020 1:44 pm by NaRiBs

Average value

€ 43.31

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig Rioja Cask Finish

83 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.85 points

  1. mothers_finest scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I bought this whisky blindly because it costs nothing and a sample including shipping would have been half as expensive as my large bottle. And there we are already at the crux of the matter.

    NAS, red wine finish, diluted ...

    Of course, the malt cannot offer what full maturation or at least lush maturation / post-maturation, preferably at cask strength, has to offer. It is too young for that (and yes, it has a metallic note and you can taste it very clearly, the malt is not really old), the wine influence is only noticeable through the fruit component / raspberry, an accompanying acidity, but zero barrel reminds me a bit of (no hate) those young finishes of some German bottlers such as. Scotch Universe or Alba Import. Whiskys to drink away for a slim thaler - but not really complex.

    As far as the basic character of the whisky is concerned, it is clearly recognizable as Ledaig. It's drinkable without a big headache (without water), red fruits and cold ashes, nothing pokes, just as I said, the style is a bit too young for me and too thin on the palate.

    For 35 thalers you can't expect a top malt, so I would give PLV 87 points, but objectively (without including the price) it has to be less ...

    So for beginners it is definitely an alternative if it should be "smoky-fruity".
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    stop just for the color!
    peat, very sweet fruity, spices, concentrated vanilla
    a Ledaig with its strong, predominant peat, a little rounded by the addition of the Rioja barrel starting on the wine side, on the sweet side, on stewed fruit with the syrup that comes with it; the concentration of fruit erases a little the peat which leaves it on the zan (ideal association in fact) and gives a return of sticky fatty soot
    simple, on the same scents with oily peat, soot, sugar, zan and poached fruits
    a monolithic dram on the other hand in the final.

  3. larswehmeier scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, drinkable dram. Great price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      Young fresh smoke. Ashy and a bit earthy. The red wine is also there immediately and has a fruity-sweet presence. Strawberries. A fine hint of sulfur is hidden behind it.
    • Taste
      Lots of smoke. Ashy. A little sweet maypole on the tongue for a moment, but then it gets pretty dry. Pleasantly spicy on the palate.
    • Finish
      Medium length, pleasantly warm. The smoke stops.

  4. HummaKavula scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Really good whisky with unique copper tone
    • Nose
      84 84
      Pretty strong, with good layering. Very smoky at first, with some coal. Even a bit medical. After first sip you can sense red sour fruits and a hint of vanila also. You can be sure that smoke and ashy flavor will be there all the time.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet, spicy, and still smoky. Pretty strong. I think that smoke taste is empowering alcohol taste a bit. You can sense a bit fruits at the end, and some leather.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Vanila and smoke. Finish is quite long and very pleasant, with a bit of dried fruits and dark chocolate at the very end.

  5. Maltimizer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Maritime smoke, malty sweetness, red currants, citrus fruits, vanilla, hardly any oak and herbs
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy, red berries, vanilla and dark chocolate, hay, further maritime with a little pepper
    • Finish
      85 85
      Quite long, a little salty and spicy, fruit is disappearing increasingly

  6. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blue blind glass

    Super standard, very interesting for the profile and well done.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Simple but beautiful and interesting structure.
      Spicy processed cheese, light smoky note, salted licorice, sweetness of fried bacon and liquorice.
      Simple, round and even a little complex.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, pleasant start, which then turns into smoky and then looks sweet again.
      Again nice and wide and round for the profile.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Rather short to almost medium

  7. MrDvorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    In the aroma of fried fish with rotten seaweed, poured with blueberry-currant jam. The taste is clearly balanced and repeats the aroma by adding spices and caramel. The finish is medium-long, mineral-smoky, berry-fishy.

    I don’t remember Ledchig letting me down either in organoleptic or in quality, the barrel was well played, everything was balanced, expectedly good.

    RATING: 85pts - | 83 - 86 (B) → Good | - Not a “must”, but a nice-to-have.

  8. Malthead19 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    COLOR: copper

    - a very successful surprise for a NAS whisky
    - very aromatic, great result, great buy recommendation
    - very good Ledaig for a narrow thaler
    • Nose
      strong, spicy, maritime, salty, light smoke vinous
    • Taste
      powerful smoky start, vinous, grapes, red wine, oak, surprisingly complex for a NAS and this very affordable price range
    • Finish
      long, strong, spicy finish;
      long, slightly smoky aftertaste

  9. HammerHead scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Interesting and pretty well done but overall too young and just too winey for my palate. Nose is actually fine with the typica Ledaig burnt peat smoke smells and some nice sour fruitiness. Tastewise this shifts more towards wine sourness and burnt charcoal flavours. The finish is predominantly ashy and somewhat tannic, but too short to be really annoying.

    Price performance ratio is good; saw it for €33 at a local shop. Won't be buying a bottle though, cause I'll lose interest after a few drams.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Quite ok, the Ledaig character comes across well, the finish has nothing superimposed, but is still noticeable. Nose> taste >> finish
    • Nose
      Quite a lot of tart red fruit, dirty smoke that is not too intense, yes, cowshed too, musty, but goes well with the fruit note, above it is a nice sweetness, like from gummy bears, perfect, overall nice and creamy, a hint of butter biscuit
    • Taste
      Direct smoke, dry, with red berries, tart, slightly sweet on the tip of the tongue, ashy, the cowshed was clearer on the nose, slightly spicy, dirtier with the second sip, good overall intensity, you can drink well
    • Finish
      A lot of dry ash at the back, slight sweetness on the palate, sour cherries, rather short, unspectacular


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