Another beautiful Ledaig. Appears older than 10y. The Oloroso finish however must have been some xth-filled cask. Not that much fruitiness to be found. 2nd tasting pending. 87p. so far.
Stinky swiss cheese. Delicate peat smoke. Moist, mouldy wood fired up in a bonfire at the sea on a cold spring night. Salt in the air. Alcohol cooling your nose. Caramel sweetness in the back. Still looking for the Oloroso finish.
Initially sweet. Unexpectedly smooth and mild on your tongue. Alcohol holding back. No youth at all. Very well balanced, mature whisky. Sweet vanilla at first. Then spicy oak with some pepper waiting in the back. The bonfire lights up, the spring night turns warmer.
Quite long, harmonic finish. I´m having burned rubber all over my mouth. Slightly dry, mostly malty.
Definitely one of the smokiest Ledaigs we ever had the pleasure to taste! So peated that it could almost be mistaken for an Islay malt, if it weren’t for that quizzical twist so typical of whiskies from the Isle of Mull. At the nose it’s wild and wickedly misbehaved: huge organic notes of wet leather, grassy earth, and a nutty character no doubt due to the sherry. The palate is a sensory explosion, a full peat smoke attack backed by vegetal notes, salt, white pepper, unsugared liquorice. Definitely maritime! It grows more and more explosive, and even more smoky, leaving the palate coated in ashes and coal, but dry and clean. Very reminiscent of our “Heavy Peat” Bunnahabhain from a few years ago!
Hmm, exciting, has a very concentrated power, almost a little like Octomore, which also looks like injected with a syringe, very nice, warming sweetness first of forest honey, liquid toffee, sweet malt, apricot with a core, a little vanilla, then comes beautiful, not too hard ash, damp oak, autumn leaves, rosemary and thyme, later also fennel
Fennel, thyme, burnt wood, ash, vanilla, medium length