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Ledaig 13-year-old

Overall rating
88.28/100
votes
194
Whiskybase ID
WB180317
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Port Pipe Matured
Vintage
07.09.2005
Bottled
22.01.2019
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Port Pipes
Number of bottles
1710
Strength
58.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
1925054 L5 xx.xx 19022
Barcode
5029704219650
Added on
03 apr 2021 1:54 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 247.05

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 13-year-old

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.28 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Intense

    After my very succesful encounter with the 17 years old Distillery Exclusive that was finished on a Madeira cask, I felt it was only right to hunt for this 13 years old on port casks as well. I found a sample in Holland and am totally ready to give it a go.

    The schizophrenic character of the distillery is immediately evident on the nose: smoked meat, camphor, wet earth, putty… and is joined by some rose water, red fruit, chewing tobacco and something candy-like. Good!

    Delicious on the palate! A basket of red and blue berries next to a smoky bonfire, salty salmiak, soft butter and lots of smoke. Caramel and honey soften things up. Liquorice and back pepper make it quite spicy. All flavors are pretty intense.

    The finish is very long, spicy, smoky, warm and ends in a combination of dried meat (beef jerky) and red wine.

    Impressive, young, powerful, warm Ledaig that blew my socks off.

  2. wako93 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    He is on the "Dirt scale" quite high up. Young, dirty savage. Do you like to stop, although artisanal there is no Bückware. Very leathery typical. The port barrel brings me Jamaikarum notes almost squaring the filthy thing.

    Ledaig friends should add 1-2 points to my rating. I am not the friend of this dirty characteristic.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Same as the sherry (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/132096/ledaig-2005-eld) but much denser and more concentrated. Fruit note is even more intense, prunes. Very cute. Bacon is even more present. Alcohol notes flashes every now and then.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Very oily, strong ester note. Reminiscent of rum from Jamaica. Once rinsed in the mouth, the alcohol squeezes well. But then it looks very creamy and sweeter. Reminiscent of dark Kamdiszucker that has sucked as a child. Dark fruits from the port come along again and again. Water makes it a little Smoother, but you do not really need it if you have some staying power.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pretty long accompanied with subtle smoke. Rather unimportant ..

  3. Ostap scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    08/09/2021:
    Quite an atypical Ledaig, as if all the traditional elements are available, but not in the usual loud, powerful, concentrated performance. The aroma is delicate, the taste is louder, and the aftertaste is simply overflowing with receptors. Degree is not felt, very drinkable. Super!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The traditional set for Ledaig, with a fairly quiet, moderate aroma, dried fruits, mineral, smoky and sour smoked, ash, apricots, a hint of farm notes, dried melon, condensed milk, milk chocolate, citrus candied fruit.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Smoky, smoked, honey dessert, farm.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very warming, long, dessert, sticky honey, smoke, citrus, smoked, farm, ash.

  4. berarith73 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    An interesting Ledaig with a clean and balanced flavor profile that stretched more in the direction of fruit and sweet than it did to funky and salty. The port pipe played a starring role as it drove the flavor profile with its concentrated fruits and grapes while the Ledaig spirit hung in the background with occasional gusts of smoke from a seafood bbq. Overall, while there are some really nice elements, it felt a bit too balanced, and too clean— too much in the direction of fruity and sweet. Based on prior reviews, it is pretty clear my preference is for refill or ex-bourbon cask Ledaig and that wine casks just have not tickled my fancy. I think that if you love a fruity wine cask influence on your malt, especially if you love sherry matured Ledaig, then this will have some good appeal.

    Mental Image: Pompeii’s finest wine shop; Oct. 24 79 CE
    • Nose
      Smoked salmon spread on rye at Sea World— salty, meaty, and slightly fishy. Faint chalk, smoked gouda, and mild antiseptic notes gave this a nice sharp complexity. Fruity notes came through with fried plantains, roasted bananas, and smokey fruit punch.
    • Taste
      Medium body with a bright and clean flavor profile. Smoked grapes, a wine shop in Pompeii during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, bbq’ed figs, and purple drink at a family backyard bbq. Beyond the smokey fruity profile sat notes of grilled shellfish, candied seaweed, and antiseptic wipes.
    • Finish
      Lingering dry smoke and sweet raisins.

  6. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Lovely whisky for it's 13 years. I bought 2 bottles when available, one is almost finished now and I regret not to have bought more. What a red fruits basked with spices, peat, intense warm experiance. An easy 89 points from me.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Peat + port is a tricky affair. I'm afraid I'd rather have a glass of Talisker Port Ruighe than this.

    As far as Ledaig goes, I prefer the 13 y.o. Amontillado Finish by a large margin.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Youthful, yeasty, peaty, winey, fruity, and sweet (too much so for my taste).

      In my opinion, the farmy / maritime Ledaig character clashes with the Port maturation.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Man, that's a distillate that can hold its own. While the nose is dominated by Port, the palate is pretty much all Ledaig: graphite dust, exhaust fumes, earthy, herbal, deep smoke.

      Big fun in sample size, but a whole bottle would be too much for me.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Peat, peat, peat, with a bit of "red" fruity sweetness on top.

  9. chrisyeo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Distell Tasting organized by WhiskyBull 21 Aug 2021

    Nose - earthy peat , some like dried fruits
    Taste - very sweet! , Stuffing heavy caramel like sweetness punch , followed by dried fruits, feels oily after 2nd sip
    Finish - medium finish lingering sweetness
    • Nose
      earthy peat , some like dried fruits
    • Taste
      very sweet! , Stuffing heavy caramel like sweetness punch , followed by dried fruits, feels oily after 2nd sip
    • Finish
      medium finish lingering sweetness

  10. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      Peat, blueberry, nutmeg, raisin and caramel. With water some blood orange.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peat, blackberry, nutmeg and ginger.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Peat, gingerbread, blackberry and raisin.

  12. K C Wong scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. elipszis scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      white chocolate
      shoe polish
      almond
      Herb
      house style is very noticeable
    • Taste
      92 92
      nettle tea
      intense taste
      bitter
      white pepper
      smoke
      chocolate
    • Finish
      92 92
      smoke
      pepper
      intensive
      peach (hidden very deep under the smoke)

  14. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. ezioaudit scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  16. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  17. Daniel Hohleweg scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Apart from the cold smoke, initially very closed, raisins, cherries, earthy, bacon
    • Taste
      90 90
      The smoke in my mouth is warmer, there is a campfire here and the smoked bacon that I always have with Ledaig.

      Then the nice sweetness of grilled meat with BBQ sauce comes through. In addition, earthy, musty, but then in the sweetness next to chocolate also raisins and pears, salt
    • Finish
      86 86
      The smoky notes and the sweetness remain relatively long. Then there are a few pears and hay left

  18. leeho scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  19. whisky_garage scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    The aroma is intense, sweet. Smoke, vanilla, spices, herbs, earth, ammonia, a little mint freshness.
    We stood there, breathed ..... Berry mix, raspberries, creamy notes, leather goods, oiled rags (stale), humus.
    The taste is bright, sweet, knits. Peat, lots of spices, berries in smoke, vanilla, dried fruits, sweet grapefruit, custard, tobacco.
    The finish is long and knits. Burn, apricot pits, persimmon, wet wood, a hint of a barnyard. In the background there is a chokeberry.

    Output. Mull made me happy again. Interesting, scotch-free for derivatives, scotch tape not without roughness.
    Slightly biting in taste, the degree feels good and it constantly keeps the receptors in tension. It does not cause much discomfort, but it keeps you in good shape, this is a fact. I will repeat exactly the degree, not alcoholism. In general, it turned out to be exciting and informative.
    ⚡87⚡

  20. Trinity2807 scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    As a fan of Port Finishes and Rauch, I'm into these
    When I saw that it was fully ripened, my eyes shone. From Tobermory I only knew the 10, 12 and 12 Manzanilla so far. But all found them great. So I ordered it. At first, however, I was disappointed. 130 € and then such a restrained nose. But I have to say it is developing. It takes a lot of time and then becomes more intense!
    • Nose
      87 87
      At first it was really smoky, yes, almost dirty, snotty.
      In the background hints of fully ripe pear, almost no trace of the port. The 58% are not unpleasant, but hold back the aromas. That's why I dilute it down to about 50%. The smoke becomes more pleasant, some herbs come out and a light menthol freshness. Slightly maritime in the background.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Diluted, wonderfully creamy, oily. Like a piece of dark
      Chocolate (but without bitterness) which on the
      Tongue melts. Wonderful. I couldn't really spot fruit notes. It's more chocolatey. A bit of salty liquorice still appears. Wonderful!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long to feel some oak. Subtle bitterness.
      More like a slightly bitter, smoky and somewhat sooty one
      Note lingers on the tongue.
      130 € is a lot of money for a drink, but with a little water you get a great single malt
      from Tobermory.

  21. Mister 77 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      At the beginning you immediately notice why Richly Peated is next to it, everything is pervaded with the typical Ledaig Schmodder, soagr a bit medicinal and mineral it gets now and then, then dark chocolate, citrus notes and grilled meat come out of the glass. I'm still not sure whether the citrus notes are not also in the direction of citrus cleaner
    • Taste
      89 89
      a little less complexity than the nose suggests. dark fruits like plums on every corner and brown rum candies spread in the mouth, and of course smoke.
    • Finish
      84 84
      long, lots of smoke and grilled food, plus a bit of tart orange

  22. JimvanVeen scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  23. Mark-E scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. korelatio scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    N: smoke, chocolate, caramel, tire rubber, leather, grill lighter, citrus (lime), dried plum, cherry in chocolate, very very nice, butter cookies, mint
    S: peppery, sweet (chocolate, honey, caramel), fruit, later sweetness combines with medical notes and gum, delicious
    F: gum, medical, sweetness

  25. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky, intense, and a nice combination of smoky, sweet and fruity notes. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Some clear winey fruity nose with a thick smoky edge, earthy. Moisterous forest, tobacco. Ripe fruits. Pretty strong alcohol.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sal ammoniac kick, licorice. Pepper, powerful, intense. Sweet smoke. Honey, caramel, tobacco. A bit of red fruits too, berries.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still powerful, smoky and sweet. Ash, tobacco, honey. Some grassy notes, hay. Pretty long.

  26. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    First nose reminds me of the laundry that i had put aside for few days.. a 13 years old that taste like 18 years old but with fresh finishing. Good complexity in both nose and palate, with pleasant berries finishing.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  27. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  28. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Typical Ledaig, peaty & earthy and sweet due to the port influence, but not enough exciting for its price

  29. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  30. mer1973 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  31. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  32. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  33. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Massively spicy Ledaig, good stuff!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Floral. Sweet fruits, spicy oak, smoked meats and camphor.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily. Forest fruits, dry wood, honey and tons of spice.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, dry, smoky.

  34. squaadgras scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  35. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  36. Daan Tje scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  37. gaboruso scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  38. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

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