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Overall rating
91.14/100
votes
9
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
James MacArthur (JM)
Bottling serie
Fine Malt Selection - Miniature
Stated Age
18 years old
Number of bottles
210
Strength
55.2 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Label
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
Cask Strength

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9 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 18-year-old JM

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.14 points

  1. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    ‘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.

    Scores an A

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