Ledaig 1972

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
42 years old
Various Casks + Oloroso Sherry Casks Finish
Number of bottles
46.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 mar 2015 7:21 pm by John Barleycorn

Average value

€ 5093.69

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62 × member ratings

66 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ledaig 1972

16 users have left 16 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.32 points.

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    In 1930, the distillery on Mull fell silent for over four decades. SW: ‘A belated member of a group of old distilleries which were recommissioned in the post-war whisky boom, it was brought back in 1972 by a somewhat unusual joint venture between a Liverpool shipping company, Sherry producer Pedro Domecq and “Panamanian interests”‘.

    N: Tarmac, paint, leather, plastic raincoats, a hint of sulphur, tiger balm, [sake] koji, Frazzles-esque,…. notes, notes, notes – futile really as every revisit opens another chapter.

    T: Cracking sherry (cask) influence, sweet fruity ash, super salivating delivery.

    F: Sulpherous [in a good way, a very good way], coppery, and not unlike Ledaig’s current standard fare in profile by the tail. In short, old & contemporary. Brilliant!

    C: Why is The Old Man wearing a Ledaig t-shirt, is the first question I asked myself when I saw him. I should have realised it was a deliberate act. Either that or a red herring. 

  2. Gaija scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Birthday Session 1.7 - Tasted Blind

    Absolutely fascinating, moreover knowing that this was one of my dreamed drams and it actually tastes very close to what I thought it would, which made me blind-guess it probably was this one.

    Totally mesmerizing nose : tremendous depth and darkness. Pata Negra, durian, ok we just got started and these are like the first time I use these tasting notes. This is saying something. What the fuck is this asteroid ? Frankly I am a bit lost at words, it is extremely vibrant, displaying amazing rancio, lacquered wood, sesame, spicy oils, smoked paprika, burnt firwood. This last notes grows more and more. See the recent very sherried Ballechins, for example the 15yo for TWE's anniversary ? Well you could say the idea is similar, only this one turns the depth and darkness to eleven. For wine lovers, you could also mention Cornas if that rings a bell. The blackest wine of all, fits the theme pretty nicely. This mesmerizing nose is followed by a palate of extreme peatiness, it baffles me how something can retain such smokey horsepower after 42 years but go figure. It is less complex now but just as impressive, the dark coal-like smoke playing first violin with a cavalcade of virile, meaty, salty and peperry aromas.

    Absolute beast of a whisky, well worthy of its reputation.

  3. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

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  4. jonyiukm scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Probably one of the best whiskies I have sampled during a virtual Ledaig/ Tobermory tasting event with the brand ambassador. Very elegant dram at 46.7%

  5. Glenjasper scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Perhaps the best whisky I've tried in 2020. Not as restless and dirty as the younger Ledaig's, therefore rather unusually good, but very heavy and constant. Smoke and sherry are in a balance that the chimney leek comes out well in between. Woody and nutty aromas should not be missing at this age.
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      95 95
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  6. Miiro scored this whisky 97 points Member Senior

    Palate orgasm. Dense full aromas. All equal. There is nothing left to say about it.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Light smoke. Dates. Bacon. Tobacco. Heavy old oloroso. Fully ripe oranges.
    • Taste
      98 98
      Salty. Oranges. Dates. Tobacco. Mocha. Very subtle smoke. Little oak. Leathery.
    • Finish
      97 97
      Becomes sweeter. Spicy. Leathery. Bacon. Dried plums.

  7. Leopold1985 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A perfect dram

  8. drinker1965 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Best we had in our group!
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      98 98
    • Finish
      98 98

  9. Siebe3 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    • Nose
      99 99
    • Taste
      97 97
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  10. squaadgras scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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      92 92
    • Finish
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  11. Karstman scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Really classic example of old style Ledaig matured in a superb sherry cask. Has everything you want in a sherried peated whisky of this age. Depth, flavour and still that dirty edge that makes Ledaig special.

  12. Lorion scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully enjoyable and interesting at the same time! 93 points!
    • Nose
      Heavy sherry scent pours into the nose. Dark fruits. Bacon-wrapped dates. Yes, delicate smoke is also present, hence the association with bacon. Heavy and sweet is the delicate smoke note to describe, very closely interwoven with the dark fruits. Hazelnuts roasted with sugar, sometimes even to roasted almonds. The smoke disappears soon and is only occasionally short. The sweetness and heavy sherry cargo take command. Pipe tobacco is forming and getting stronger. Aromatic. Full. Not aggressive.
    • Taste
      Full and fruity in the first place. Sweet and heavy, the whisky spreads in the mouth. A flood of impressions. Almost all of them are immediately there, but I can only tear them apart over time. First mix plum jam with honey. Then after some time fresh hazelnuts come, which are soon replaced by the clear tobacco note. Only late does the delicate note of smoke creep back in, but it knows how to keep it up to the point of departure through the re-tasting.
    • Finish
      Long, fruity, leathery and very soft smoky.

  13. Mr.Sandwich did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

    Gorgeous smoky dates at first, the complexity then becomes apparent,
    with honey dripped raisins, whole walnuts, Walnut Whips, orange cream
    Revels. So much honey! And beeswax. Plums, toasted almonds, Malted
    Milks, Crunchy Nut Clusters, toffee apples. The smoke is actually
    reasonably subtle, earthy and vegetal - in fact, petrichor may be more accurate on the nose.
    On the palate, the peat is far more prominent, impressively so, but
    this is still hugely rich with honeyed nuts, treacle and blackcurrant
    coulis. If you keep it in your mouth, this slowly gives way,
    delightfully, to chocolate cake made with delicious bitter cocoa and a
    layer of apricot jam.
    Sultanas, orange and raisin muffins, marmalade and drying smoke,
    becoming quite sooty after a few minutes, but also retaining that
    earthiness from the nose.
    So has it mastered the years? Well it is gorgeous stuff, retaining very
    impressive smokiness for a 42 year old, although slightly less so on
    the nose than has perhaps been made out. Just as impressive is the
    vibrancy throughout with fresh plum and vibrant blackcurrant and apricot
    notes. The answer is therefore a resounding yes, and Dùsgadh is a
    hugely complex, unique single malt.

  14. Dionysus did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This contains some of the first spirit to be made at the distillery when it reopened in 1972. The stills have now been retired and the copper from them has been used as part of the packaging. Included in the box is a copper card, which entitles the buyer to a bottle of Déanta 10 Year Old produced from the last spirit to come off these stills when it is released in 2024. 

  15. Torfding scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    a tremendously balanced drop that does not look as old and woody as you might expect
    • Nose
      complex, clear sherry; old and somehow damp smoke, not dominant, but pleasant, but still clearly perceptible in the background; salty, dried apple, biscuit / cake soil, a bit woody
    • Taste
      rather dry, complex at the beginning, clearly sherry, subtle but clear smoke, soft and smooth, vanilla, very dark chocolate, coffee, ginger, freshly ground black pepper
    • Finish
      long and dry, soft, smoky, spicy, brine, with a dark, woody finish

  16. SteveW110 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Official tasting notes by Master Distiller Ian MacMillan
    • Nose
      Rich and complex, intense phenolic sherry aromas.
      Sooty smokiness, fragrant wood, toffee apple, briny with some sweet biscuit maltiness
    • Taste
      Quite dry evolving to a rich smoky oloroso sherry character. Massive complex layers of dark chocolate, coffee and cherry liqueurs. Extremely smooth, well balanced with spicy ginger and black peppercorn overtones 
    • Finish
      Dry, smooth and spicy, satisfying and very Long with a salty smoky tail


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