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Ledaig 18-year-old

Overall rating
86.12/100
votes
318
Whiskybase ID
WB66055
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Small Batch Spanish Sherry Wood Finish
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
P035247L5 19:5515029
Barcode
5029704218059
Added on
29 Mar 2015 2:39 pm by RoyalScotsman
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 155.27

46 × in wishlist

318 × member ratings

633 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 18-year-old

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.12 points

  1. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes. That's something different than the 10s. Of course, because of the sherry. He is well present here. The smoke is rather restrained compared to the 10s. This is ensured by the sherry and the age. Overall, the nose is more complex and interesting than the 10's. In the mouth, too, makes for more enthusiasm. Here I also have carnation, allspice and frankincense. In addition, of course, the sherry influence associated with the smoke. Tasty part.
    The big bottle is empty. Too bad. Was delicious.

  2. Albaron scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    Somewhat disappointing, the rubber / sauerkraut note in the nose is dominant and in the mouth, the other flavors do not weigh this sauerkraut / cucumber water note. You can drink, but nothing more. There are better ones from Tobermory.
    • Nose
      Gum, some smoke, oily, some sea breeze, fennel, white candy, the gum is slowly becoming sauerkraut with cucumber water
    • Taste
      Here is the smoke present, sweet, here also the white candy, sherry flavors, a few dried fruit and some black tea and toffee, then some oak, slightly bitter at the end
    • Finish
      light smoke remains and the oak, in between the dried fruit and the sherry aromas, as well as brown cane sugar and some toffee. The oak comes again and again.

  3. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very nicely balanced and sophisticated Ledaig. Tasted in a tasting with line-up of WB ID's 52097, 62558, 69539, 18211, 66055, in that order. 
    • Nose
      Bicycle chain oil! Rubber, but also fruit (red fruit: redcurrant, figs and dried apricots), nice peatiness in a leather jacket. Sultanas, a hint of sulphur. 
    • Taste
      Sophisticated; nicely packaged peatiness. Red fruit at first, tobacco, a hint of sulphur, cough syrup (thanks Shane_IL), oranges, and then the peat slowly unravels itself.  
    • Finish
      Orange zestiness lingers on together with its peatiness. A peppery punch with some salt peeking around the corner. 

  4. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The first Ledaig I tasted that I actually do like. There's typical coal gas, tar and sulfur, but it's not completely overpowering the nose and taste as it does with some younger bottlings of this spirit. Compared to those the flavours are way better integrated here.

    Still, within the same price range I'd rather buy an 18 year old islay like Caol Ila or Laphroaig, as they are fitting my tastes better.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. Malthead19 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    - definitely better than the Ledaig 10 yrs, but for an 18 yrs.
    and the price rather very disappointing
    - no question about it, this is a decent single malt with salty
    edgy note, but you can definitely do more here
    expect...
    - unfortunately did not show what we wanted (in the tasting) of
    had hoped for him => unfortunately the "disappointment."
    at night!"
    • Nose
      salty smoky, dry sherry, fruit (pear, apricot), somewhat musty, little smoke, some malt; salty, weak aroma
    • Taste
      Strong start, rather subtle smoke development on the palate, significantly less alcoholic than the 10 year old, you can tell the age, therefore rounder and somewhat softer, salty, mouth-filling, oily, clear maturity
    • Finish
      long, powerful finish, the 46% also clearly noticeable here;
      long aftertaste, with sweetish fruity aromas, plum, oak, fig (somewhat unpleasant aromas and not really balanced for the age)

  6. FuturePerfect scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Small comparison with the later 2016 batch of the same series (WB93480), which is one of my favorite whiskys.

    In both cases very good designs from a distillery that has noticeably improved in quality in recent years.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fresh Ledaig smoke that is typical for the distillery, behind which a wonderful sweetness stands out, which is not necessarily reminiscent of a classic sherry, but rather of wine finishes (e.g. Marsala or Rioja).

      Otherwise very close to the 2016 batch.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Surprisingly sharp but pleasant notes of white pepper, tobacco, ash and more dominant oak.
      Significantly less sweet and fruity and instead more oak and smoke-heavy than the comparison batch, even if this makes it less dry than this one.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length and soft, in contrast to the comparison batch closer to the nose than to the tongue.

  7. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Tobacco, peat, leather and, unfortunately, rubber tyres. Big nope.

  8. Funtik scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    carpet glue, building kit, wet smoke, quite firey on the tongue. Sherry cask is quite well interwoven
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

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