Ledaig 24 yo 1972/1997 (49.8%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, #42.8) THE vintage, not unlike at many other distilleries. Colour: gold. Nose: it’s funny that we’re finding this soot/almonds combination again, and while this is rather more complex, I wouldn’t say it’s in an entirely different league, although the expected tropical fruits, ala old Laphroaig this time, do make a difference. Perfect maracuja and mangos, at times you’d think you’re nosing one of those stunning old Laphroaig 10s. The whole remains pretty subtle, very elegant, and kind of ‘whispering’. Sometimes it’s bad manners to speak loudly, even if you’re some legendary old malt whisky. Mouth: ooooh… aaaaah… but this is glorious! Astounding smoke/tropics combo, seen in older Laphroaigs indeed. Lemons and passion fruits plus oysters and kippers, and all that sings in unison, it’s not just a compilation of lovely flavours. You may want to call the anti-maltoporn brigade before it’s too late… Finish: medium to long, ashier and sootier, with a little chlorophyll, bitter green tea, and lime while we’re going green. Comments: it’s one of the mysteries of malt whisky, why did the best peaters from the 1960s and early 1970s go very ‘tropical’ after a few years? What was the trick, which was the yeast, were there special aromatic precursors? Another intriguing case of quasi-esoteric malty transmutation…SGP:656 - 93 points.
Bron: Whisky Fun by Serge Valentin July 26, 2016