- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- James MacArthur (JM)
- Bottling serie
- Fine Malt Selection - Miniature
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- Number of bottles
- 55.2 % Vol.
- 50 ml
- Old plain label, red and/or gold print
- Bottled for
- Mini Bottle Club (U.K.) - set 2
- Added on
- 15 Nov 2014 11:49 am by WhiskyLovingPianist
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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 18-year-old JM
3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.44 points
- ‘Its a belter’
N: Oily peat initially, Sprinbank like with some Old Pulteney and Caol Ila thrown in for good measure but its Port Ellen that this is closest too. This is a fine nose with the malt and oak harmonious and resolute. Toasted popcorn malt melds easily with the leathery, fruity, peaty wood oils. Strawberries, fudge and black sour peat offer a counter balance to the sharp, clean spirit that meets a welcome nose. Black treacle joins the fudgy malt as the peat and oak waft in and out Super intensity and engaging movements.
T: Strong spirit at first - wants water. The bitter oak oils now come forth. The extremely robust spirit builds heat and intensity. Adding water allows the salty oils to lead whilst salivating aniseed with bitter, dark grainy oak follows. There are touches of bourbon fruits showing through as the long development finally tails off, later developing a leathery, grassy, maltiness also. Every sip presents itself as vibrant and clean and yet theres a desirable dirtiness to the whole performance too. Sometime later, a cherry chocolate maltiness comes to the fore helping the entire mouthful to become much sweeter. Its always going to be a bitter, woody malt but the fruity sugars are always there for as an even keel. Fantastic, challenging and rewarding malt with an ever shifting but ever balanced profile,……
F: …. the aniseed and bourbon fruits are undaunted against the strong, salty, dark, oaky, oily malty spirit. The peat turns to ash which has fused perfectly with the cask. Ash and oak remain true. The bitter/sweet, spirt/oak elements dance their way to into the sunset. Administer water upmost care.
C: Yet ANOTHER superb bottling from James MacArthur. One of the dirtiest and most engaging malts you’ll find. Chill filtration certainly does not live here. On a blind tasting id have said Port Ellen and a terrific one at that. Turns out its a belter from Tobermory, and as one of their peaty out-turns, they name it Ledaig [Let-chick] - the distilleries original name.
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