Ledaig 2005 BR

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Bottling serie
Berrys' Own Selection
Stated Age
04 years old
Sherry Butt
62.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 aug 2010 11:44 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 199.90

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Whisky reviews for Ledaig 2005 BR

19 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.52 points.

  1. etwa77 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    oh, how much younger (and concise) Ralfy was 11 yesrs ago..! and oh, how ecstatic i would be to get a hold of this jewel..! up there with the best of Octomores and the dirtiest of Laphroaigs and the silkiest of the Highlanders.. i love to bask in its sheer power! although water does add some complexity and blah blah.. i prefer my remaining 2 cl neat!

  2. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. Luigisim scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Stunning farmhouse style, with a pinch of salt.
    So typically Ledaig!
    Surprising roundness of flavours and astonishing intense peated aftertaste for such a young spirit. Cask and spirit combination at top level.

    Among the best young spirits tasted, if not the best.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. alectron scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Comment - ancient note from 2011/12 ish
    • Nose
      91 91
      leather, peat, salty, musty, old wood, rancio, some slight rubber. (91)
    • Taste
      89 89
      oily, peat, old wood, sherry sweetness, some motoroil. (89)
    • Finish
      89 89
      turning sweeter, more sherry influence coming through, but still having troubles against the smoke & motoroil. Not too complex but highly entertaining, (89)

  5. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 153: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPekz48Ah14 (89/100).

    "It's one of the finest young whiskies I've ever tasted."

  6. Ivynor scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A whisky certainly good, but young, and especially particularly wild.
    For fans of the genre
    • Nose
      farmer, peat, iodized with also sherry (hazelnut, coffee, a little leather). Well integrated alcohol
    • Taste
      It sends wood. Gourmand but naughty!
      A lot of peat, farm notes, iodine, coffee, hazelnut, some wood and pepper. The whole lacks a bit of freshness for my taste.
    • Finish
      Long, woody, a little caught up by his youth

  7. tomy63 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    amber color, very nice nose, powerful but well integrated alcohol, caramel, dried fruit, a rather discreet peat for Ledaig, very slightly farm and salt, chocolate, spices. Mouth very powerful and spirited, needs a little water, quite salty, still not enormously peaty, on caramel, chocolate, candied citrus. Final very long, hot, without being alcoholic. Very well done for a 4 year old, although of course you have to love the powerful and fiery whiskys.

  8. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Have to change the score a bit after adding a few drops of water.

    Getting much better after that i must say.

    Very nice dram and so much flavor for only the 4 years.

    Happy with the 1,5 cl still left in my sample :)
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  10. numen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    sample from a friend
    • Nose
      That's a powerful nose and it needs a few minutes to blow off and
      calm down. Now a peaty side emerges with seaweed, lapsang souchong,
      salty roasted meat. Vinuous sherry with some notes of caramel, oxidized
      nuts, chocolate malt, some citric fruit, strawberries and rhubarb, and
      more red fruit with time. (with water) Oh, more marmalade, chocolate,
      and generally more refined. Salted watermelon rind. Just a bit flatter
      peat and seaweed.
    • Taste
      Big and brash. Also a little disjointed
      at first. The peat is rather ashier, and a chunk of soot. Lots of
      malted chocolate, some weak coffee (from the oak). Stale ginger. More
      bbq notes in the depth. Not as much fruit here as I found on the nose.
      (with water) More drying, and a few more grapes and dark berries in the
    • Finish
      The chocolate malt really sticks in the corners of
      the mouth, and the peat lingers for a while on something like metholated
      seaweed. The smoke from a slow roast. This was good, though rather
      disjointed on palate entry. If the alcohol integrated a bit and the
      sherry married up a little more, this could turn into something really
      great. As it was, it was a lot of nice parts, with a few faults, but not
      always working together.

  11. sssun scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Balance and Conclusion: An unbelievable young Ledaig. The aroma and palate are strong, rich,  and with good balance. How such a young whisky can perform, and it inspires me the hint of Ardbeg Lord of the Isles.

    Score: 90

    Tasted date 2010.11.05. 
    • Nose
      Sherry, peat, malt, lemon, sea breeze, grass, and raisin, a little smoke and alcohol. Sherry keeps raising, with some ginger and toffee in 20 mins. Still sherry, peat and  mint in 40 mins.
    • Taste
      Lemon, black peppery, peat, salt,  honey sweet, black chocolate, and some tangerine peel.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet malt, some peat, mint and lemon, a little salt and chocolate, sweet in the teeth.

  12. mikespike scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Heavy stuff, very long. I compared this with other sherried Ledaig bottlings and found that this was about the most intense, tasty, long finish.
    91 Points in my books. If you can get a bottle now (2013) you are lucky if you can get one for around 100 bucks. Well worth the money

  13. Furtia scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      92 92

  14. Melvin scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    Excellent young Ledaig, awesome, multilayered, a top whisky!
    • Nose
      Smoke, burnt rubber, finest sherry, dried fruit, cotton candy, gummy bears, licorice, mirabelle
    • Taste
      Strong, intensively warming sweetness, peat, wild, alcohol - well pasted but heavy
    • Finish
      Very long and extremely satisfying, the smoke lingers on the palate for a long time

  15. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bravo! An excellent whisky.
    The only complaint that can be made to him is a relative lack of finesse.
    I regret not having a bottle at the time!
    • Nose
      Really rich and powerful! What's more for a whisky of this age !!
      Fruit (cherry with brandy).
      Peat, tire.
      Coal, ash, tobacco
      An animal side (meaty) with balsamic vinegar.
      Cocoa, coffee, caramel.
      From "My Darling" ...;))
      A kind of ultra peaty A'Bunadh.
      Nose really full and rich.
    • Taste
      A very fat whisky.
      Tender in the mouth syrupy, peaty, smoky and fruity.
    • Finish
      Long always on this side My Puffy Chick ..
      Feeling of minerality too.

  16. Dede scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I am amazed. This young whisky is really excellent, and relatively complex bonus. A master stroke.
    • Nose
      Peat and animal, with leather and a greasy, industrial smoke. Then a wave of citrus in the background, grapefruit, lime and orange marmalade betraying the sherry cask. Obviously it is very powerful but ultimately not aggressive in terms of the voltage of the beast. Difficult also to speak of balance, but the various components are well represented, we can not say that the peat crushes the other flavors. With a little water, the leather notes gain in power, then appear notes of pepper, raw cigar and shoe polish.
    • Taste
      Again powerful, but the alcohol is remarkably well integrated. Bitterness of cinchona and citrus zest, all evoking a tonic, peat, salt, pepper, all very fat. With water it's even better. Peat is ash, bitter oranges are more present.
    • Finish
      Very long, endless to say, extremely peaty and always this taste of Tonic.

  17. Willie JJ scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Incredible whisky. Impossible to spot as a 4yo Ledaig. Simply brilliant.
    • Nose
      Pirrellis and peat. Absolutely incredible intensity. Rhubarb jam. Almost no sign of youth.
    • Taste
      Explosive peat flavoured jam, fizzing sugar and smouldering marmalade. Marvellous.
    • Finish
      Drying smoky spice.

  18. SilentStill scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    absolutely remarkable Ledaig, who is well worth it at the age of 4, to be enjoyed.
    • Nose
      Lots of ashes and a good roasted ham. In the background light fruit and a hint of dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      recognizable young and pretty biting in the start. And lots of peat smoke and a very interesting mixture of chili and Kaffeeroestaromen, beautiful sea salt flavor.
    • Finish
      Very long and, above all, lasting skins.

  19. gadeweerd scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Great sherried, peated Ledaig. Only 4 years old and so full of flavour. I like the nose on cask strenght, although a drop of water brings lots of new flavours. Heavy stuff!!!


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