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
Added on
12 Nov 2020 1:44 pm by NaRiBs

Average value

€ 42.65

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig Rioja Cask Finish

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.03 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. HummaKavula scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    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.

  3. Maltimizer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • 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

  4. hafssol scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Usually appreciate Ledaig very much and I’m always very attracted by wine cask finishes; the combination of both could turn into something special, so I couldn’t help giving a chance to this first release in the new Sinclair Series of the distillery.
    Maybe because of the expectations, the first approach hasn’t been enthusiastic, starting from its nearly pink colour, quite close to a rosé wine. Being a young NAS malt, it still lacks in profile and texture, but going deep into it, while the bottle level got (quickly!) lower, it reveals some rich red fruits, vanilla and spicy notes. The result is well balanced, with neither peat nor fruit sweetness clearly prevailing.
    It’s not simply the usual Ledaig (even if the 10 y.o. is much complex and richer) with a quick pass in a red wine cask, but after all it’s been an interesting experiment, easily drinkable and for a very reasonable price.

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    it's kind of cool, young, very special look, but overall very entertaining in the aroma. Strong Ledaig with a little wine aroma, which does not iron the malt down, rather complements it a little visually and aromatically. On the nose more with the fruit, in the aroma more with the slightly dry oak note. In view of the nice price, you can't complain.
    • Nose
      strong, also young peat, fruity, slightly sour fruit notes, something of dried strawberries or raspberries. The fresh fruits smell a little different. Very cute with a lot of cowshed peat.
    • Taste
      very pleasant in the mouth, nice strong smoke, then a little pepper and also a slightly bitter kick, which does not spread too much aromatically, but rather brings a slightly dry note to the "peated rose wine".
    • Finish
      is peaty, slightly fruity, subtly astringent, nice, almost a little unspectacular.

  6. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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. Don Cassi scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Wow, rhubarb explosion in your nose! In addition, cooked strawberries and the subtle Ledaig typical cowshed smoke note and a touch of vanilla. Compared to the standard 10, it is much more sour and even fresher.

    Creamy-sweet-sour in the mouth and more balanced than the 10, but also less complex. At the end the strawberries flash again.
    Length: 5/10

    Super sweet, fruity and palatable island paint, which cannot keep up with the complexity of the 10, but is very independent due to the red fruit notes and the maritime character.

    Grade: 2+

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    You can drink it well. A young, smoky malt with some fruit. However, you can also tell from his youth. Therefore, it is not a candidate for a bottle.

  9. Dris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80


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