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.