Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Alambic Classique (AC)
Bottling serie
Rare & Old Selection
Stated Age
32 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
48.9 % Vol.
50 ml 200 ml 700 ml
Added on
10 Jan 2009 12:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 671.00

51 × in wishlist

175 × member ratings

102 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 1972 AC

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.21 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] I emptied five bottles of this delicious stuff already but never did a detailed review. What a shame! I certainly have to change this and so I opened another bottle (no. 054) that I bought for 138 Euro in February, 2006. Guess why...

    ...simply because this is great stuff! 1972 is the best vintage of Ledaig and this dram proves it persuavisely. It is complex, balanced and of a truly old Traditional Scotch style - one of my favourite sipping drams ever. Not the highest score in my list - but great stuff to quaff...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is mahogany and the nose offers a truly old style peaty-sherry profile with the trademark minor cheesy aromas of Tobermory that in this setting are an asset and not an off-note. There are some very tasty chalky-mineral aromas too and later spices and herbs join in. By the way, the peaty notes fit perfect into this profile!
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is layered on peaty flavours, sweet fruits (oranges), beeswax and lots of herbs (sage, rosemary). Later delicious dark chocolatey flavours develop before the spices kick in. A minor rubbery off-note is there but this is not distracting at all. Water opens up the nose greatly with more herbal and oily aromas but it flattens both taste and finish. I like to nose this dram somewhat reduced but prefer to drink it neat (using two glasses).
    • Finish
      93 93
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and very charming with a creamy coating of all of the mouth. I really like that! The finish is endless and adds more spicy (peppery) flavours that are delicious. There is no distracting feeling at all - instead a delicious (milk) chocolatey flavour pops up towards the end. This feels like smoking an excellent Cuban cigar while eating top quality Swiss chocolate the same time - a great combo!

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2006]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 269 that I bought for 91 Euro in January, 2006.

    [July, 2006]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 033 that I bought for 125 Euro in December, 2005.

    [October, 2006]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 208 that I bought for 136 Euro in March, 2006.

    [February, 2008]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 238 that I bought for 125 Euro in October, 2007.

    [March, 2009]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 052 that I bought for 138 Euro in February, 2006.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it twice 92,5 and three times 90.  My notes state an adorable peaty and old style sherry profile that is greatly balanced.  Dangerously quaffable stuff...

  3. Jackson05 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A head to head of two 1972 Ledaig’s. From 1930 - 1979 Ledaig (Tobermory) was open for a grand total of not even 5 years (1971-1975). Then from 1979 - 1990 open only sporadically. So sporadically in fact that there are only 5 bottles from this era in whiskybase, for Ledaig and Tobermory! (Most of what was produced probably went into blends, but nevertheless). To say that Tobermory has had a bumpy road would be an understatement. 1972 is considered to be the best vintage simply because only as soon as they started so did the financial trouble, with quality following until their ultimate closure in 1975. So this is a very special side by side indeed.

    The Cadenhead bottling was likely a US release due to the fact it is a 750ml bottle. Hey an extra 50ml, god bless America! Bottled in 1995, it’s got over 24 years of bottle aging. I always find it quite romantic when it’s been in the bottle for such a long time.

    Alambic Classique is a German bottler that according to scotchwhisky.com is famous for bottling a number of 1972 Ledaigs... And they did indeed bottle 7 different 1972 Ledaig/Tobermory according to whiskybase. So it’s no wonder my sample is from a German friend. What a treat!

    A wonderful and educational side by side. Although completely different, the Alambic Classique wins out. A benchmark Ledaig.

    1972 Ledaig 22 Year Old (Cadenhead) 54% Oak Cask

    Nose: (92) Softer, very honeyed - love that! Beeswax, Soft tarry peat, wool, spruce trees, crushed rocks, lemon water, soft smoke. Creamy. Old school. Soft metals, polish. This style has no modern comparable.

    Palate: (92) Creamy, soft wax, soft lemony peat that builds, lots of fresh honey, licorice root, ginger. Great viscous mouthfeel, you do not feel the 54% at all.

    Finish: (91) Long, lemons, chalk, minerals, tarry peat - peat picks up here. Horseradish root, pepper. Mouthcoating and slightly salty.


    Notes: This old waxy distillate style that is so creamy, viscous and naked is my favourite. Nothing hits you in the face, but slowly unfurls itself with time. A great old malt from a great bottler. I like it best with a drop of water (too much flattens it out).

    1972 Ledaig 32 Years Old (Alambic Classique) 48.9% Oloroso Sherry Butt

    Nose: (93) Powerful, waxed raspberries, lingonberry, raisin, strawberry preserve, underripe cherries, blood orange, cement, soft elegant peat. The peat is supporting and envelopes other flavours beautifully. Dry leaves in the fall, twigs. Herbs like bay leaf and fennel. Red licorice. Varnish. Really complex and evolving nose.

    Palate: (93) Waxed red berries, wax builds, dark chocolate, Black Forest cake, cherry, cola, chalky minerals the Ledaig dna, wool, herbs. Very rich and full mouthfeel. Chocolatey and creamy.

    Finish: (92) Fresh red berries, chocolate, leather, chalky, minerals, Pinot noir, sweet and smoky. The Oloroso comes across more as a Pinot noir in the finish; earthen, soft herbs and delicate.


    Notes: What’s most striking about this malt (and old school sherry in general) is the easiness of it. It’s so much gentler, and compliments the spirit much better, rather than run it over. One of the best marriages of sherry and spirit I have come across. Wonderful earthy, herbal, chocolatey and peaty aromas. I did not feel the need to add water. Thanks to my German friend for the sample. Sláinte!

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Spicy, peat, tobacco, earth, honey, chocolate, leather multilayered and complex, excellent!

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Colour: mahogany.
    Nose: sweet with grass, light fruit rottenness, raisin, berries, black currant, strawberry, dried fruits, cherry, honey, christmas cake and chocolate notes.
    Mouth: sweet with dried fruits, raisin, pepper, spices, grass and chocolate notes.
    Finish: long and sweet with spices, chocolate, grass, pepper and light peated smoke at the end.
    This Ledaig is very tasty, very good balanced, smooth whisky. But it loose peat during maturation. Peat is gone, but not forgotten. This is a story of how sherry cask influences on whisky during long time maturation. I gave 90 points, but potential of this Ledaig is 92-94. It’s an on of the best Ledaig which I tried!

  8. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. MikerG2k scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. St. Pauli scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Perfectly balanced, dark but not brutal. In other words: a perfect whisky. 
    • Nose
      A beautiful nose. Farmyard, wet peat, hay, just a bit of minerality (pebble beach). Then a combination of dark fruit (sour cherry, plum, bramble) and fresh apple. This is followed by notes of leather, coffee and chocolate. 
    • Taste
      Thick, syrupy with the right balance between spice, bitterness, sweetness and acidity. The farmy peat is there, but not dominating. The sherry cask has given a beautiful combination of dark fruit, meatiness (leather), and bitter earthy notes of chocolate and coffee. There is a soft layer of spice at the end (nutmeg). 
    • Finish
      Long, and rather dark: damp peat smoke, mud, earth, coffee, leather, moist oak, cherry chocolate and allspice. 


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