Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Chieftain's Choice
Stated Age
31 years old
Sherry Hogsheads
1711 + 1712
Number of bottles
47.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Apr 2012 8:03 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 471.67

26 × in wishlist

72 × member ratings

42 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 1973 IM

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.81 points

  1. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tastes, flavors and scents very mixed and melted, difficult to discern.
    A very complex dram, with a lot of things assembled to form a very coherent whole.
    • Nose
      First a slight marine peat and slightly sulfur. Then oriental spices in shambles and stewed apricots. Black tea and wet tobacco.
      After aeration sweetness "sherry" sweet settles quietly.
    • Taste
      Black pepper and licorice dominate. Caramel of brown sugar is present in the background. Some notes of pink grapefruit and blood orange slightly acidulated.
    • Finish
      Dry wood arrives in force, accompanied by hulls of hazelnuts. A little campfire smoke scout. Liquid brown candy sugar then lines the mouth.

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry, malt, background peat smoke.
    • Taste
      Sweet fruit and sherry with developing smoke. Some peat.
    • Finish
      Long, rich, smooth, sweet peat.

  3. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Waxed wood. Peat discrete, almost mineral early. Apples, atmosphere of undergrowth. Then leather, and we move to a fatter peat. The drum starts talking with a nutty version of the sherry.
    • Taste
      Powerful and well spiced. Distinct notes of menthol and anise, with peat behind and apples cooked.
    • Finish
      Dry woody, long on spices with clove that stands out.

      Enthusiasm 4/5

      Whisky n ° 2090

  4. Double Barrel scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    A chameleon that needs a lot of attention to rewards you. One of the most challenging whisky for me (from my humble experience). Better take care of what you have eaten or drank before as it can show many different profiles. But if you take the good path, at the end of the day it's a wonderful Ledaig!

  5. greg_0277 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    An excellent Ledaig combining sweet peat, iodine and sherry, but it lacks a bit of liveliness for my taste, preferring drier whiskys. The nose is fabulous.
    • Nose
      94 94
      The nose is fantastic:
      First animal, on leather, dried meat, a little farmer. You can smell the underlying spices and peat.
      It then evolves towards more maritime notes, iodine, boat rope, wet stone.
      Long ventilation leaves the feeling of hot gunpowder.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The mouth is slightly set back. The peat takes over slightly. rather iodized at the start it becomes sweeter in the second part of the mouth, which I don't really like.
      We find leather and animality thereafter.
      Finally, there are some notes of stewed fruit.
      The mouth is very round, easy to drink but a little heavy, what a shame for me.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is in line with the mouth, rather on dry smoke of medium length.

  6. Gaija scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    My notes don't really do it justice, because I had little time with it and it's very complex and hard to pick apart. The whole's very enjoyable and quite atypical. No aggressivity at all but you better like Ledaig's profile if you want to get into this one. Seem to be the only one here to have found it more salty/metallic instead of sweet, so take that with a grain of salt (god that pun, sorry). Well anyway, we all agree on the fact that it's no difficult whisky.
    • Nose
      Complex and intricate, it's hard to pick individuals notes apart, the whole is very well melted together. It's slightly soapy but in a good way, think of this typical greasy-metallic duo of Ledaig. The sherry's not intrusive, it just adds a spicy and sulfury - not overy so ! - meaty layer to the whole. 
    • Taste
      Ah yep, that's just very nice indeed. Typical garlic-like notes of Ledaig, smelly old coins, unmistakable meaty notes indeed, paprika. You gotta love this kind of profile but if you do, well ... Spicy olive oil like you find in some pizza places. Very oily texture. There's quite a lot of sulfur in this but it's not something per se, rather coming from the sum of the distillate and the cask, and as such, it's very good.
    • Finish
      Oily, salty, metallic, greasy, meaty ... you got it. Sesame oil, herbs bread.

  7. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    the taste is better than the flavor,
    but he can not completely convince
    a slightly artificial note is unfortunately present
    • Nose
      Smoke, cold smoke from the previous day
      Rubber Duck
      Herbs, a little grapes
      I had expected more fruit
      Smoke is getting weaker
      the longer I smell it, the better it gets
    • Taste
      gentle, hardly any smoke
      the fruit is more pronounced, towards cherry
      At the end it becomes bitter-bitter like the white of a grapefruit but unfortunately also something artificial
    • Finish
      sweet and bitter

  8. megabreit scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    I had expected something more for my age. Unfortunately, the long, really great finish does not quite make it anymore.
    • Nose
      Dark chocolate and ripe cherries, a slightly annoying artificial touch that I can not define
    • Taste
      Cherries on warm chocolate pudding, slight very pleasant dust note, damp wood, furniture polish
    • Finish
      long and glowing, getting drier with my favorite dust note

  9. Dieter_W scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Here are the ghosts On one side beautiful notes in the finish on the other the notes after polish the furniture in the long run a little nerves.
    • Nose
      a nice cocoa - coffee - dark chocolate cherries and some furniture polish or resinous, again furniture spoiling dark fruit in the background some smoke
    • Taste
      again for furniture polish, grapefruit, wood and dark fruits and slightly sebum on the tongue and palate.
    • Finish
      nice wood notes baked apple with a lot of raisins

  10. ASWhisky scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    with a 31-year-old artificial Kaugumminoten and alcohol notes, which can not go through There is no nice finish
    • Nose
      Pears, bubble gum, these colorful balls from the vending fruit brandy smell after a while: young plums in a damp wooden barrel cognac over and over again and again a smoke veil dark fruit more intense
    • Taste
      also this cognac note Chocolate, little fruit
      Alcohol in the mouth destroys a lot the chewing gum reminder
      towards the end it gets more beautiful, and barrel notes come
    • Finish
      beautiful barrel notes chocolate soft smoke
      fruity old In moist, musty wood hot sweet apples


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