Ledaig 2004 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
10 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
62.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Jul 2015 3:50 pm by dramark
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 122.84

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 2004 SV

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.46 points

  1. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Compared to Signatory cask 900146 (86 pts.)  I feel this one is vastly superior.

    Thanks to WB user GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      A shade or two darker than cask 900146. What a refined nose for a 10yo! Enchanting, even. A solid combination of dry oak and a fatty, round, but bold distillate. Why am I thinking of Cadenhead? Faintly rubbery, but it's rubber of the highest quality :). Matches and cigar leaves. With water: Pine and fresh dill. 

      If you regularly wear a Panama hat or are for other reasons oversensitive to sulphur, this may not be your cask, but for anyone else this ought to be a hit.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly loud peat, but the body's balance is exquisite. It starts mostly on sherry and peat with some oak supporting, but spices (cardamom) push through a moment later. Faintly charred, oily, inky even. Such finesse for a 2000s distillate! With water it just gets better. 
    • Finish
      The finish could be a bit louder. Perhaps the youth shows here. Some vanilla in the tail.

  2. chrizthewiz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Phenolic peat, hickory smoke, flame-grilled meat, bacon, raisins, orangepeel, lovage, seabreeze, burning pine needles, incense, old petroleum lamp, tobacco leaves, fresh road tar and diesel oil. Everything’s just dirty and „black“. Taste: Overripe blood oranges, Lindt's sea salt chocolate, oak, maple syrup, medium rare steak, bbq sauce and pipe smoke. Everything wrapped in a heavy phenolic and dirty peat blast that can keep up with every great Laphroaig. Very sooty and oily mouthfeel. Not a single off-note to be found. A few drops of water are recommended at this high strength. Those 2004 SV Ledaigs are spectacular. Seriously, you can’t expect much more from a peated first fill sherry cask. Great spirit in great casks bottled at peak performance. This cask and the 900175 are the best options IMHO (most others were good aswell).

  3. Halkyon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  4. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Blenders Glass.
    An excellent malt for lovers of powerful peat sherry - almost a style icon.
    Balance 22
    Total 90
    • Nose
      Nose: noble wood and polish, smoked plums and apricots, nuts on a rubber mat 22
    • Taste
      Taste: bright, sweet, dessert, powerful, apricot pits, almond 23
    • Finish
      The finish is sooooo long, sweet and very fruity-smoked, on the exhale rubber apricot pits / almond 23

  5. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    In direct comparison to two other sister kegs, my winner of the evening.
    Cask 900171
    Cask 900174
    Cask 900177
    • Nose
      Notes online tasting:

      Light amber

      Sweet leather, moist tobacco, tart herbs, a little lovage, slightly salty and fleshy, blackberries, cherries, filter coffee, dark chocolate. The smoke is there, but not obtrusive. A little liquorice, dry varnished wood.
    • Taste
      Very spicy start. Storck Chocolate Giant Bonbon. The chili again. Dark grapes. Bacon-wrapped dates. Blackberries and a lot of bitterness. The smoke is there, but not obtrusive.
    • Finish
      Long. Dry smoke and a lot of bitterness. Filter coffee and plums.

  6. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    So normally I like these Sherry Ledaigs from Signatory Vintage. That's not bad either. However, this has a certain annoying note for me, which for me is particularly pronounced in the mouth. I call it a dull minerality. So it's still good, but not as good as usual.

  7. Erik1908 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Another great expression from the Isle of Mull. This is simply so good for an only 10y old whisky!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Yes, this is a classic Ledaig. The usual "love-it-or-hate-it smell. Sweet peat-smoke as usual. And of course the burned bbq meat is there, as well as tobacco and smoked ham. But not as aggressive like in many other cases.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Thick, fat, oily full bodied dram. Earthy and dirty. Classic Ledaig in the taste as well. In spite of the explosion of spices in the mouth, is is still quite doable. But only after at least 12-15 drops of water.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Unbelievably long and intense. I am pretty sure I will taste this even after brushing my teeth before going to bed.

  8. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a comparative tasting of the barrels 900171, 900174, 900175, 900176 and 900177 - each distilled on November 24th, 2004, bottled between June 9th, 2015 and August 26th, 2015 and matured in ex Sherry Casks.

    Nose: fermented fruits, some sulfur, rather sweetish, fleshy, roast beed, but also fruity notes, the peat is also noticeable for a change.
    Mouth: a little too hot, rather sweet with orange, bitter orange and chocolate
    Finish: tart, rather herbaceous, a little less sweet than the others, fruity tart.

    Conclusion: another exciting facet, but also somehow a little bit special, was in the solid midfield of the comparison.

  10. Carsten scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a comparative tasting of the barrels 900171, 900174, 900175, 900176 and 900177 - each distilled on November 24th, 2004, bottled between June 9th, 2015 and August 26th, 2015 and matured in ex Sherry Casks.

    Ledaig SV 10y cask 900177 November 24, 2004 to June 9, 2015 62.3%.
    Color: orange brown
    Nose: light smoke, some burnt ham, milk chocolate, dry wood
    Body: medium
    Mouth: clearly alcohol, fresh sour oranges, ashy notes, dark chocolate, wood
    Finish: long, spicy, tingling, milk chocolate, fleshy smoky notes linger for a long time
    Conclusion: 87.5P., Nicely balanced between fruit, sweet notes and smoke in the nose and mouth. Thanks to the balance, my winner of the comparison testing.


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