Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Valinch & Mallet (V&M)
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Bota
Number of bottles
53.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Jan 2021 4:12 pm by Dramtastic.86
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 349.90

48 × in wishlist

88 × member ratings

138 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 2010 V&M

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.52 points

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  2. GlenPiWi scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    From the V&M facebook page:
    After introducing the new collection we'd like to tell you more about each one of them

    Let's start with the Ledaig 10 years old, matured in a very special sherry cask and bottled at 53.7%.
    It was described as an "oenological jewel", a one of a kind sherry cask. A "bota de punta" that was also a "bota no".

    In the solera system the cask sitting at the end of the solera row is called bota de punta and, being subject to an increased airflow compared to those in the middle of the solera, it often develops a unique character due to an increased yeast activity. When this happens the cellar master decides not to fill this cask with the younger wine coming from the 1st criadera, but to use instead only wine from the adjacent solera butts. The result is a fast increase of the average age of the sherry compared to the other solera butts.

    But it's not over, when a cask proves to have a unique style compared to the others it may be marked with a "NO", no further fillings are made and it is left to age on its own, it is normally reserved for the owner and his family. It can be used though, given the concentrated flavour developed by this alternative ageing, also to "correct" the taste of the other casks.

    We tried do dig even deeper to understand its age and what kind of sherry it contained, turns out that it already contained "old sherry" when the Jerez denomination for sherries hadn't even been written yet, dating back to before the '900s!

    The challenge was to find its right match in terms of whisky, something that would not be cannibalised by such an extreme cask after few months. We just had the right beast to play with, a particularly peated stock of Ledaig we had acquired a while ago. And that was it, they were made for each other!

    The artwork chosen was from a series of portraits by Giuliano Sale. Born in 1977, it has quickly become one of the most influential emerging artists finding place also in important art collections. His portrait perfectly described our reaction when we first nosed this whisky after nearly 3 years in this incredible cask. Thanks to CRAG Chiono Reisova Art Gallery for the invaluable support!

  3. Mane140486 scored this whisky 98 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Simply powerful, licorice, barbecue sauce, pork ribs marinated in aromatic herbs, smoke, salt, iodine, brine, red fruits. All shot at maximum volume.
    • Taste
      Full, iridescent, oily, almost dense, the alcoholic boost accompanies well the drink avoiding it being cloying, the olfactory scents that are found all, are also added notes of chestnut honey, fishing net, and dried fruit. Yummy, chapeau!
    • Finish
      long very long, smoke, marine scents, red fruits, dried fruit, chestnut honey. Sublime

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I totally get the discrepancy in ratings. This is a wild ride. I don’t think I’ve ever had such an intense whisky (that doesn’t make it great!) Wow! The most Umami I’ve ever had in a whisky. Oyster sauce, seaweed, soy sauce, Korean ribs, hoisin... tar! Asphalt, black licororice. Blackstrap molasses definitely. Burnt maple syrup. Crazy! The peat is there too! it’s super concentrated and intense, but borderline flawed as well (too much cask). It’s definitely over the top.

    Someone here said something to the effect that the Ledaig character is lost. I don’t think this is the point. Sometimes the cask wins. I do think Ledaig is fighting it’s way though, but would you pick it out as Ledaig blind? Maybe not, but is that the point? Could you pick out a heavily sherried Macallan? A Glenfarclas? Maybe you can if you already know and think about it. Same here.

    I am not a sherry freak. I am usually unimpressed by sherry, but this is very unique. I’ve never met an equal. So even though I can’t give it better than a modest score it fascinates me. I put my name in a draw for a bottle, it’s definitely not something you will come across often, as I have not. A bottle of this would last you a long time. Check out others on the history of the cask. Not common.

  5. svenske2015 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Swirl, swirl, swirl.... What do we have here? ...swirl, swirl, swirl... Just a little drop of Scotch Single Malt Whisky. And so much excitement around that. ...swirl, swirl... I think this snow white needs some drops of pure spring water to open up a little bit more. ...drop, drop, drop... ...swirl, swirl, swirl... Yes, that's fine. This LeChic comes with only above 50% abv - instead of the single casks, we had from SV in the last years. That fits, I think. ...swirl... Air and water help so much in this case. And an open mind. Yes, an open wallet helps, too. ...swirl... This is a little beast. Maybe you will call it sherry monster. Please not sherry bomb. But maybe sherry beast. ...swirl, swirl, swirl... Some salty liquorice anyone? Bitter-sweet. ...swirl... Be careful with water. Just some drops. Too much will kill it. ...swirl, swirl... This is a winter whisky. A winter fairytale from Scotland and Jerez. Huh. In which old and dusty bodega did this bota rest for over 100 years? ...swirl... Who walked through this bodega? Through the casks - äh - botas? ...swirl, swirl... The ghosts of fine sherry wine? ...swirl, swirl...

    Oh, my glass is nearly empty. OK. That's enough dreaming.

    This is a very good Ledaig with a heavy 3-year-sherry-finish in a historical cask. The whisky survived this treatment, but it is not a drink for beginners. And it is fragile. Be very careful with water! Just open the flower - then stop the watering.

    And all the haters are quiet - Psssssshhhh.

  6. greg_0277 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A rather "maritime" ledaig with a (too) strong influence from Sherry's barrel. Not too much for my taste
    • Nose
      84 84
      A little closed, more on medicinal peat.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Alcohol a little too present.
      Nice sequence between maritime aromas (cordage, iodine, salt) then slightly meaty and finally on Sherry, which unfortunately crushes everything else. A disturbing astringent woody side that continues on the finish.
    • Finish
      83 83
      On the wood, a little green.

  7. Gusto scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very nice aroma that is reminiscent of old bottlings. The flavors are a bit next to each other, are not yet integrated so nicely. Very good value for money.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. 3_243F6 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    This was aged in refill ex-bourbon casks for a bit over 7 years, then moved to an ex-sherry bota de punta / bota no cask for 2 years and 4 months.

    The sherry cask is from the late 1800's and was emptied in March 2018, before being refilled with the seven year old Ledaig.

  9. svenske2015 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    More information: https://www.dolcementewhisky.com/2021/01/22/ledaig-10y-the-spirit-of-art-valinch-mallet/amp/

  10. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I quite like this one.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Toffee, caramel, creamy black coffee, peat. Has a thick, dark, heavy nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Loads of caramel, tobacco, black tea, coffee, mushrooms, thick premium soy sauce, black bean sauce, molasses, and peat. I'm not sure if there's some matchsticks, but if it's here, it's super minute amount. Thick, mouthcoating feel. Quite excellent stuff!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Nice, long, viscous finish. Balanced.


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