Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
East Village Whisky Company (EVWC)
Stated Age
23 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
52.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
31 Jan 2021 12:48 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 209.00

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44 × member ratings

73 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 1997 EVWC

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.83 points

  1. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Ginseng and liquorice. Brine, crispy seaweed and hay. Actually quite salty. Pomelo peel without the sweetness, peat, charcoal and herb. Dried leaves in autumn and dried dates with mud, oxidised Asian pears, yellow pomelo pith, few drops of lemon juice. Kiwi skin, iodine and sea breeze. Oil fried dried chilli, ground peanut. From ashy to fruity if you keep your nose in the glass. More lemon zest after a sip.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Ginseng, pear juice, vegetative sweet peat. Beetroot, earthy and dried spices. Pear peel, liquorice, then roasted asparagus, quite consistent with the nosing. Rich and powerful.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peated pear peel, ginseng, quite smokey, outside of melon skin and white pepper powder. Pomelo pith as well.

  2. jazza scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    He needs time ... a lot of time to tell you his full story !
    • Nose
      92 92
      Complexe and deep, with a beautiful smoke for this age. Quiet salted, kiwi, melted plum, dried apricot and some fresh white fruits.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Really large, still really complexe, with a smooth texture, but here we are, leather and horse saddle are coming, and to complete the basket fruits, candided lemon is here also.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Masterful finish, really long, still with some fruits, but the pepper and the smoke are dancing together all night long.

  3. bakerman scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Ledaig at its best!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Very peaty, maritime, some mushrooms, blackcurrants and grapefruit jelly joined by gentle old school sherry notes. Diluted a wee hind of bandages adds to the profile and maybe 1 globule of gunpowder. Top notch!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Fresh, salty, peaty & smoky, again a wee hind of bandages.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Juicy, smoky, very salty, prickling but without being peppery like its sister cask.

  4. marcusjang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Now this is heavy.

    As someone living on a coastal area, I'd without hesitation call this the most coastal malt I had. The notes of drying fishing nets and rotting seaweeds is quite intense. Actually very difficult dram to get into.

    Beneath that is some whole grapefruit notes, and they are all encompassed in medicinal notes of bandages. The smokiness is about medium, which makes sense with the age. I think it's something you either love or hate, and while I see merits of this malt I don't think I want to drink this daily.
    • Nose
      Bandages, grapefruits, seaweeds ashore, blueberries, mushrooms, Hi-Chew, vitamins, tarry smoke
    • Taste
      Thick oily texture, plums, ashy smoke, grapefruits, salty, seawater, bandages, drying fishing nets, some roots, black peppers
    • Finish
      Roasty, grapefruits, black peppers, ash, seawater, cream, grilled fish

  5. jay83 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Really nice and quaffable Malt from the Isles... Engaging sweetness, perfectly embedded smokiness and fine Atlantic influence...

  6. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoky, tarry, a little asbestos, hemp rope and adhesive plaster, honey, spices, white and yellow fruits, sulfur and rubber, I find bicycle inner tube very apt. The alcohol sticks out a little from the glass. The Ledaig needs a little time in the glass, then the nose improves. A few drops of water are also good for him.
    • Taste
      86 86
      tarry-sweet, smoky-fruity, rubber, sulfur, a little hemp rope, idea of coffee and barrel, citrus fruits, a little salty. The rubber note is already present, you have to like that ... It's not mine, sorry ...
    • Finish
      87 87
      delicate-tart, spicy-smoky, also here slightly salty, some barrel and tart oak notes, spices, (pepper), ash. Long and intense.

  7. DocF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I only know one excellent example from "Tobermory" 1995, a not particularly smoky Ledaig, I'm afraid a new acquisition will be imminent.

    Any evaluation is completely superfluous, from here there would be 87 points, is already heavily funky, but not uninteresting. It would be interesting to know how much the barrel sulphurized and how much the Ledaig contributes to the stench. Especially since water grinds it almost round.
    • Nose
      Nose is then disappointing, yes, Ledaig stinks, but this is a "bicycle inner tube" (which English-speaking blogger writes that?) So a bitter-smelly rubber bomb of the very highest quality. Maybe some leather, but more spicy asparagus pee and probably rotten orange too ... hard to see behind all that rubber. Water helps, less rubber, some soot, baked apples, resin. Very nice. Maritime? No, still dirty, but acceptable. Smoldering campfire full of green branches.
    • Taste
      Then it goes on in a similar way in the mouth, delicious with water, wet, smelly smoke, some tree sap, rotten wood. Rubber in the frame.
    • Finish
      Long, ashy finish.

  8. MJ84 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93


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