Ledaig 1972 AC

Overall rating
92.17/100
votes
193
Whiskybase ID
WB5934
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Alambic Classique (AC)
Bottling serie
Rare & Old Selection
Vintage
21.12.1972
Bottled
21.11.2005
Stated Age
32 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Casknumber
8721
Number of bottles
396
Strength
48.9 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 200 ml 700 ml
Added on
10 jan 2009 12:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 671.00

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Whisky reviews for Ledaig 1972 AC

24 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 92.17 points.

  1. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Very balanced fruitiness and smokiness, very drinkable and enjoyable - fantastic!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Smoked oranges (does that exist?), kumquat, tobacco, fine peat and smoke, orange peel, bonfire, hints of leather, nuts, some drid fruits, woody notes - great!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oily, creamy, spicy, subtle sweetness, cooked oranges, tobacco, some honey, fine peat and smoke, jam, cloves, pepper, orange peel - still great!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium long, warm, fruity, peaty, smoky, spicy

  3. JNuyts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Pauci scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Smoked paprika, as it is used in the chips fresh Hungarian for seasoning. Pure BBQ. Juicy peat, then tons of sage. Smoked Skrey. Tarragon. Fresh moist cherries. Iodine. Bloody Beef. Truly amazing Ledaig! Grenade!

  5. SimonOHA scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Superb balance, all the aromas delivered are complex and perfect, allowing it to be drunk simply. A controlled model of indulgence.
    • Nose
      Closed nose, then which opens crescendo on leather, light wood, a mineral, sulphurous smoke. Classic dried fruits but not too concentrated. Allowed to breathe, the smoke becomes more present, still mineral, but also on the caramelized bandages.
    • Taste
      Soft but intense mouth on the precious wood with nougat, milk chocolate. Very nice spices make your mouth water, increasing the smoke in the mouth. Orange peel and smoked wax.
    • Finish
      Final on chocolate tobacco, caramelized wood smoke, ash biscuit, sulfur custard.

  6. Killswitch scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

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

  7. kanpai79 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    1970`s aged peat, Islay v Islands v Campbeltown v Highlands H2H
    This was a very enjoyable H2H of some of the best peated whisky there is, the initial plan was to do a top 10 of aged 1970`s vintage heavily peated whisky but it ended up being 11 as this was the only opportunity to test the 1975 Samaroli Geerie against the 1967 Douglas Laing Geerie.
    These 2 whiskies from this old Highland distillery I know from previous tastings are pretty incredible to be honest.

    RESULT AND SCORES 1st-11th

    Glen Garioch 1967 36 year 55.5% Douglas Laing Platinum (Bonus dram)
    96/97/95

    Glen Garioch 1975 57% CoillteanSamaroli Flowers
    96/96/96

    Port Ellen 12 year 62.7% James Macarthur Fine Malt Selection
    94/95/95

    Brora 30 year 2003 Annual Release 55.7% OB
    94/95/95

    Longrow 1973 16 year 48% Samaroli 9
    91/94/94

    Ledaig 1972 22 year 54% Cadenhead Authentic Collection
    92/94/93

    Ledaig 1972 32 year cask 8721 48.9% Alambic Classique
    92/93/93

    Talisker 25 year 2004 57.8% OB
    92/93/93

    Ardbeg 1976 25 year cask 2395 54.5% OB
    93/92/92

    Ardmore 18 year 1994 51.4% James Macarthur
    92/92/92

    Port Ellen 1978 25 year 4th Annual Release 56.2% OB

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Nice nose, rich sherry, dark fruits, and of course peat but it is slightly in the background.
    This actually reminds me of whisky fudge.
    As you nose this, faint sweet smoke appears and being honest it reminds me of old aged Talisker so it will be interesting trying them later in this H2H.
    Back to this whisky and some dark breakfast marmalade appears after a few minutes, this has an elegant and interesting nose.
    The initial mouthfeel is good but some oak is showing which dents the sweetness of the sherry, the peat appears and mingles with the spices on show, great balance and full of flavour.
    The finish neat is not the longest but it is so elegant so there are absolutely no problems here.
    I you add a few drops of water it gets a little sweeter with a little raspberry note appearing , and the peat is a little more invasive which compliments everything so well.
    The finish is actually a little longer, lovely.
    This is a real quality dram.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Jackson05 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    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.

    92/100

    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.

    93/100

    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!

  12. Hvdree scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  13. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  14. 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!

  15. hs305 scored this whisky 93 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...

    [January, 2022] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and scores. This is just... dangerously quaffable stuff. Nothing more to say.
    • 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
      93 93
      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!

  16. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  17. MikerG2k scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  18. 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. 

  19. checkpointuk scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=210 Color: Amontillado sherry Nose: Creamy jam, old sherry, leather, cold smoke and ashes. A handful of nutmeg, coffee beans, hints of liquorice and dark baked bread flavors. Overall, a little spiciness and sweetness and yet so delicious! Taste: No fat mouthfeel but now with a lot of dull-salty spice. "Old" and delicately fruity with lychees and oranges, sherry, caramel, pastries, coffee and wood. Finish: Medium long - sweet bread, pastries, dry wood and notes of orange peel and licorice. Old liqueur, dry sherry and a fantastic nut combination sticks to the palate. Comment: Many thanks to our friend Arun Prashant from Singapore for this sample! 93 points N: 93P / G: 93P / F: 92P

  20. whiskycuse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Notes:

    https://whiskycuse.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/ledaig-19722005-alambic-classique-oloroso-sherry-butt-8721-489-vol/

  21. hs305 scored this whisky 93 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...

  22. Mr.Sandwich scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. art-bett scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Perhaps the same cask ?
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/31230/1972-ud

  24. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Sherry Peat Marmelade
    Powerful whisky !

  25. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 356 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2015

  26. tomy63 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very good sherry, everything except "clean" with its notes of rubber, undergrowth, earth ...
    • Nose
      sweet, very marked by sherry, slightly peaty, rubber side, undergrowth, nuts, cocoa.
    • Taste
      taste of old sherry very dry, very oloroso, even if the texture is not too dry. Lots of nuts, light oak, candied oranges, spices, earth, coffee. pretty sweet. No need for water here.
    • Finish
      long, spicy, mocha.

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