Ledaig 10 yo 1972 (40%, G&M Connoisseurs Choice, Old Brown Label, +/- 1982) We absolutely adored a 13yo in the same series (93) so no need to say that we now have high expectations. Colour: gold. Nose: oh, what a wonderful smoke and what a marvellous wax! There’s the ‘coal stove effect’ happening first (ash, soot, coal, cast iron), then a magnificent fruitiness (quinces), then resins (propolis, gum), then a little camphor, antiseptic, then pu-erh tea… At ten years of age, this is perfect whisky. No wonder this is legendary! Mouth: who would have imagined that such a youngster (and at 40% abv, at that) would be that, err, supersonic? Big peat, loads of crystallised and dried fruits (quince jelly, figs, marzipan, dried oranges), smoked tea (lapsang souchong), liquorice, bitter chocolate… Won-der-full. Finish: right, it’s maybe not interminable, but what a perfect density. Smoked marzipan and… maybe morels. Pepper. Comments: a 10yo/40% malt, really? Exceptional bottle ageing. SGP:457 - 93 points.