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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 2005 W-F
20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.68 points
- A bottle I traded with Benny in 2017.
- Absolutely brilliant. Right up my alley. I love the fact that the peat comes first and the ash only in the finish. Great balance between the distillate and the bourbon cask.
Peat, barn, silage, but also sweet honey, vanilla sticks, even some banana and peach, some grapes
First sweet honey, then honey soaked peat, vanilla, some grapes and banana, but then the ash comes steamrolling in
The ash comes in a big wave that fades slowly, leaving peat and hints of honey, some wood notes
- The bourbon barrel makes the dirty Ledaig fresh. Really love the ash in the finish. This is a example that young whisky can be very good!
- Ledaig 8 yo 2005/2014 (53.3%, Whisky-Fässle, bourbon hogshead)
Colour: very white wine. Nose: very similar, of course, but this one’s
rather rounder, and has fewer notes of smoky mezcal. Big soot, ashes,
coal, tar, crushed sardines (paste), tarama… And a little vanilla. With
water: stays a bit soapy for a long time, and then everything gets
better again. Smoked vegetables, gherkins, olives and a massive
sootiness. Mouth (neat): everything’s perfect in this one. Perfect
brine, lemon juice, smoked fish, olives, smoked tea, more lemon juice…
With water: balanced lemon, salt and kippers. What’s not to like?
Finish: same for a long time. Comments: it’s infuriating that these
Ledaigs could be so good when so young. That’s both unjust and unfair.
Oh well… But watch out, I’ve found some flawed ones as well in the past.
SGP:456 - 87 points.
- A nice surprise. Single whiskybase sample.
Mostly peat at first then a sweet smokiness. A lot of mezcal. Some ink/newsprint. Brine.
Nice balance of peat, fruit (lemons), sweetness and salt. Really clean.
- Not much to this but the peat, but not a bad thing.
Very earthy peat. Bit of barnyard mud. Mulch. Jungle floor. Hint of cereals. Salt. Old engine oil.
Big blast of earthy peat. More compost, mulch and jungle floor. Bit of dry wood. Moss on salty rocks. Bit of porridge.
Long. Very dry. Earthy. Salty. Peat.
- Nose : This is a peated whisky for sure, there’s a lot of it around. It’s not the medicinal coastal peat you get from Islays, but it’s more farmy and reeky. I was discussing the nose with Sjoerd, and he mentioned Compost which was on the money. It feels young to me, under 12 for sure.
Palate: Palate is kicking and quite fierce, but not in terms of ABV. lots of peat and smoke going on here, with dry ash, and mossy casks. Not getting any fruity notes, but maybe some malt to add a bit of sweetness to the otherwise tart palate.
Finish: Smoke, ash and pepper.
This has to be my favourite whisky so far (or #2), I really like the Ledaig peat and the reek and compost here. I’m a fan. Not very complex, but lovely IMHO.
- Nose on a beautiful lemon and smoke peat. Identical mouth, well integrated alcohol. Final very long. A bit monolithic but very good and efficient.