Ledaig 1974

Overall rating
87.03/100
votes
72
Whiskybase ID
WB20605
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Vintage
Vintage
1974
Bottled
1992
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
07 feb 2011 4:27 pm

Average value

€ 430.22

6 × in wishlist

72 × member ratings

69 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ledaig 1974

14 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.03 points.

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful nose is being followed by a dry experience, which you have to like. I can imagine that this is not everyone's cup of tea. What strikes me more is that it's not a very powerful dram. Sure, not each whisky can be a blockbuster, yet this one would really have benefited from it.
    • Nose
      Old and dignified. There is something really earthy in this whisky, which holds the middle of earthy peat, cold cigar ash, tobacco and licorice root. The effect is not overwhelming, yet gentle. Furthermore, it's comparable to a sauvignon blanc: lemon, grassy. Wait: later, more tropical fruit arrives, along with our beloved eucalyptus. Finally there is a hint of roasted almond.
    • Taste
      The earthy side is more pronounced now, with this typical taste of licorice, dry peat and tobacco. Now, peaches and oranges join the party, along with some vanilla, but rather dry malt and grass. Overall it lacks oomph.
    • Finish
      Towards the finish, it gets dryer. The earthiness turns to gentian, licorice, and ash. Then there is pepper, just a hint of vanilla and some lemon. Also here, it doesn't have the power you would want to discover.

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  3. Tempus_fugit scored this whisky 84 points Member Junior

    Chunky, meaty, savoury.
    Sourdough/beef stew/white grape on the palate.

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Chalky, vitamin c chewables, flint, minerals. Not much peat at all. Soft honey, light herbs. It’s decent stuff, if not a little modern? Still a quality dram, but perhaps no wow factor.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Less peat than I was expecting on the nose but it is there on the palate. It is a fizzy, vibrant peat that mixes well with the sherry.
    I like the fruit on show here but I am struggling to pin down exactly what it is.
    There is a little orange and date , but the quality is decent.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. M134481 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity
    • Taste
      83 83
      Grassy, fruity, green apple, citrus fruit
    • Finish
      82 82
      Grassy, green apple.

      Very short finish.

  7. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Tasted as Blind Sample
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Dre73 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    <Was a Blind Sample>
    Easy drinking, not high in Abv. If I heard afterwards that this was a Ledaig, I had not completely removed it at first. This does not correspond at all with the profile of the current Ledaigs.
    • Nose
      Light, fresh, fruity, citrus. Little soapy water, hay.
    • Taste
      Fresh, honey, citrus, peach. Easy drinking, friendly.
    • Finish
      Somewhat short, citrus. Somewhat dry. Wood influences.

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  I bought this bottle for 59 Euro (116 Deutschmark) in August, 1998 and this is my last saved sample.  There are several different batches of the 1974 Ledaig.  Except this one all the others are rather weakish (but by no means bad) whiskies.  This is most probably the best batch of all 1974 Ledaigs before the distillery owner went bankrupt.  Yes, 1972  and 1973 are usually much better - but this release is at least easy drinkable (bottle production code is 19 327).

    It is a rounded  and spicy malt (pepper, salt and vanilla are all present) that is mouth-coating and with a medium-length finish.  All in all a good alternative to over-prized older Ledaig bottlings (If you want to discover the original distillery profile instead of heavy-sherried Ledaigs that mask the distillery completely).  But, to be honest, I would not spend more than 150 Euros on this (as of early 2017).
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. BXpress scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    sample.

    Very interesting. Peat level is perfect here.
    • Nose
      The nose is dominated by a mild pepper note. Some Vanilla, salt and slightly ashy. Nice mossy note. Slightly spicy and even a bit of Chocolate in there. Generally speaking the nose is rather simple, but quite good.
    • Taste
      Quite woody in the arrival. Then some vanilla and a strong, sharp lemon note. Gets slightly sweeter and softer with a bit of chocolate and even some fresh fruit. Maybe unripe plums. Apart from the salt there is not much peat going on.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Salty, musty. Even bit sharp. Nice spicy after taste.

  11. squaadgras scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  12. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: This particular bottle is past its best but still, it whispers lemony, sour putty and soft white grain bread.
    T: With a subdued light-sour speyside style, it’s sour yet sugary at times with lemony, soily peat throughout.
    F: Still it holds on in there with a slight sour cream at the death.
    C: Still fabulous despite being very tired, mainly flattened from oxidisation but one that still retains a robust softness.

    Scores a B

  13. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  15. MaltMartin scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The nose is very delicate, the palate is rough and bold. Nice old Ledaig.
    • Nose
      Light and malty. Dry peatiness. Cold ashes. Varnish. Some grassy notes as well.
    • Taste
      Unexpectedly astringent and peaty. Firm and direct. Spices of nutmeg and black pepper. But also buttery notes with a metalic edge. Engine oil. Slightly sharp.
    • Finish
      Quite long. Very salty and some eucalyptus. Liquorice.

  16. Feusi scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Always a pleasure to drink a Ledaig from the good old days. Sweet and fruity, floral notes with spicy peat, pleasant and well balanced. In the long finish a delicate smoke with peat and some wood, not too much, just right, sweet malty background. That really fits on a Sunday afternoon with friends.

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