Overall rating
Single Malt
The Whisky Mercenary (TWM)
Stated Age
08 years old
Bourbon Cask
51.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
26 Jul 2014 8:52 am by namelessone
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 69.50

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 2005 TWM

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.83 points

  1. theroachman did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Serge Valentin of whiskyfun.com on 2016-05-31:

    Ledaig 8 yo 2005/2014 (51.3%, The Whisky Mercenary) You know, since Diageo’s marvellous trick with their Lagavulin 8 yo, eight’s almost become the new twenty! Colour: white wine. Nose: it’s perhaps a little less ‘immediate’, and that may be because of the higher strength (yeah, only 3.2%, S.!) Other than that, styles, profiles, ideas, philosophies and goals in life are totally similar (S., there’s a lost episode of Inspektor Derrick on TV, you might want to go watch it.) With water: oh, we managed to reproduce the Malt Barn/Pure Spirit! A stroke of luck, perhaps. Mouth (neat): perfect. Lemon, peat, brine. I repeat, lemon, peat, brine. With water: same as the previous ones. Most probably not the same cask(s), but surely the same parcel. Finish: indeed. Comments: there's a question I got to ask you, isn’t Ledaig (slowly) becoming the new Ardbeg? SGP:357 – 89 points.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Great and assertive
    Ledaig, that fulfilled my expectations fully. Around 70 EUR.
    • Nose
      Ha! The nose is bull’s eye! Lots of assertive peat with a hint of a fish
      barbecue. That is immediately followed by a lot of fruit. Think white fruit
      (apples & pears), but also citrus. Mostly, though, something that reminds
      me of melon. Wet rocks left, walnuts right. Drop of olive oil.
      Soft pepper. A great start.
    • Taste
      Nice and creamy
      mouthfeel. Now it is the fruit that stands out, while the peat is
      pressed into the shadows somewhat. But this is certainly very nice. Spicy with
      ginger, pepper and even some liquorice. Midpalate, a salty edge appears.
    • Finish
      The finish is
      wonderfully long and smoky. The peat takes charge again.

  3. GJR scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. TastyDram did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Most of the Whisky Mercenary's picks are safe blind buys. So is this one. If you know what to expect of young Ledaig, this will not disappoint you. It ticks all the right boxes of an Islay alternative. Look hard and you still might find a bottle of it.
    • Nose
       An aroma of vegetal peat immediately fill the room. Forget Airwick or those fancy perfumes. Just poor a dram of this Ledaig. Brine, seaweed and a wet beach. Fruit porridge for adults with vanilla and a shot of rakija. Blue grapes and stewed pears. Sweet paint. What a lovely nose!

      Mixed with water you're treated to some wood stain and old pipe tobacco. It gets a bit sweeter over time. Ginger and oranges. Dried apricots and meat sauce. Pink marshmallow and a subtle hint of chlorine.
    • Taste
      A creamy and greasy mouthfeel. Creosote, ash and smoke. A mix of roasted nuts. Very few sweet notes on the palate. Peper and first aid box. Dried black tea.

      With water we're back with the sweetness. Pink marshmallows straight from the bonfire. A slightly bitter note of walnuts and coffee grounds. Dark cacao. A chocolate fondue next to a blazing fire.
    • Finish
      The nutty character remains. A long medicinal and warm aftertaste. A shot of espresso.

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fig, orange, peat, peach, sweet dough and cow stables. The latter are pretty clean with plenty of straw. With water more citrus.
    • Taste
      Peat, dark chocolate, gingerbread, orange, lime and fig. With a few drops of water the orange gets stronger.
    • Finish
      Peat, toffee, orange, lime and dark chocolate. In the end a bit of candy like hard marshmallow.

  8. Defeatless scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    nose: Peat. Some fresh herbs, coriander, menthe. The peat is prevailing.

    Initial taste: Peat. liquorish,

    Body: medium-heavy. oily which is a pro

    Finish: well even neat this is quite well, peaty afterburner.

    Price: well if you like peated ones this is quite reasonable

    presentation: I don't know this was a sample

    comments: Sample from sampleswap with Hvdree
    I don't seem to get to like peated whisky's forgive me for scoring this low!
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      75 75

  9. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88


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