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Overall rating
93.40/100
votes
8
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
James MacArthur (JM)
Bottling serie
Fine Malt Selection - Miniature
Vintage
1972
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
54.4 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Added on
20 Dec 2014 3:38 pm by ARDBERG
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 1972 JM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 93.40 points

  1. detachedblue scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Some emotional marks here, such a one-of-its-kind dram!
    Just visited the distillery a month ago and this dram reminds me of the beautiful scene of it. A raw super peaty powerhouse is similar to Ardbeg and Brora, really sensational.
    • Nose
      Wow, you can nose an operating mine, sea air from the isle of Mull, raw power, very peaty, very similar to an Ardbeg and other islay gems! However, everything is rather elegant here (believe me or not), raw but elegant, concentrated. Nutty, austere, cigar smokes more Nutella after open up.
    • Taste
      Rich and peaty, so sensational!
      You can feel the raw peaty power is attacking you. It reminds me of the mountains and sea of the isle of Mull.
      Huge seawater, concentrated lime juice, cigar leaves, celery salts.
    • Finish
      Long, rich and peaty, leathery and minty, austere.

  2. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=221 Color: straw yellow Nose: Ohhhhh ... peat, peat, peat and cold smoke. Tar, phenols, ham, BBQ buffet but also fruity apple compote with honey and vanilla. Absolute "old style" nose! Taste: Powerful, salty, delicately sweet with peat notes of the finest quality and an overwhelming spiciness. Dull peat in creamy honey and again backed apple flavors and grapefruit. Smoke, cold asphalt, ashes, coal with peppered citrus. Finish: Long to very long - the sweet peat plays with bitter herbs, smoke and phenols. In between sweet apple peel, again ash, damp coal and "sports bandages"! Comment: Wow, a piece of noise! 94 points N: 93P / G: 94P / F: 94P

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: Ooh, peat - yum! Clean malt notes too, bringing fresh-water mineral notes to the fore. Theres a tomato/worcester sauce/BBQ/celery scrub vibe here - we could be in Octomore territory no less, but this is from a time before ppm monsters. This is a clean and direct peated malt, no too ways about that and furthermore theres a thick layer of oaked-vanilled-varnish coveting this entire expression and so much more - theres an oil painting under that varnish. Maybe the abv is getting to me now but this is beautiful. After a few hours the vanilla and coconut is shining.
    T: To be expected with the abv, its strong - but more than manageable neat, its strength translated as robustness, Very much Octomorish, albeit with less complexity/craziness but with a purposeful direction. Super clean with a simple richness if you can imagine that. [Schweppes] grapefruit G&T anyone? Add water and the malt body improves, becoming far more rounded with sour lemon equalling the grapefruit, a touch of mint and spearmint too. Later theres fresh aniseed & celery and then more grapefruit into sour lemons - but the malt base is always intact and ever accessible. And then add more water, lots of it and wow! its a totally new experience, with the most delicate and sweet nectar sugars you’ve known. 50/50, and we are in a special territory.
    F: Deep, charred, woody, vanilla-cream-malt-ash with a touch of milk chocolate powder. This is cold heart of the bonfire stuff. The vegetal/grapefruit notes are likewise crisp and vibrant. Ash,………. With water [and this baby can drink] the waxy/buttery malt top trumps everything with the other descriptors actively working supportively in the background. Its grapefruit vanilla to finish now.
    C: Unexpected brilliance.

    Scores an A

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