Ledaig 2004 vW

Overall rating
88.38/100
votes
163
Whiskybase ID
WB70913
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
van Wees (vW)
Bottling serie
The Ultimate - Cask Strength
Vintage
24.11.2004
Bottled
06.07.2015
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
900174
Number of bottles
627
Strength
61.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L15/714
Barcode
5021944089116
Added on
09 aug 2015 9:10 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 77.00

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Whisky reviews for Ledaig 2004 vW

37 users have left 40 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.38 points.

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    These independent 2004 Ledaigs are all clear, including this one.
    • Nose
      Chocolate, currants, cowshed, gives a lot of gas in the nose, sweet cream filling, hazelnut, all very pleasant aromas, the smell could also be a Sauternes ripening, some plum, but overall mainly this sweet and nutty creaminess and cowshed, surprisingly little on the nose smoke, some salt
    • Taste
      Here the smoke is there immediately, intense, sweet, raisins, sticky, currants, sour, now the cowshed is banging, great, dark chocolate, also very creamy, again the hazelnut cream, but not Nutella, but lighter
    • Finish
      Still dirty, sweet, ashy smoke, super long lasting, pure Ledaig out the back

  2. JNuyts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Notes online tasting:

      Colour:
      Light amber

      Nose:
      For me it starts with slightly tropical fruit notes. Sour cherries. Surprisingly, the smoke is holding back. Yeast dough. Sour Haribo fries, mint, leather. The flavors are very interwoven and difficult for me to separate.
    • Taste
      Spicy, slightly hot start. With a little chili. The smoke is ashy and dry again. Roasted almonds, meaty and greasy. Salty and mineral. Leather and again the subtle tropical. Ringlo.
    • Finish
      Long. More bitterness now. The smoke is now much drier and ashier.

  4. Funtik scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    23 22 22 22
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. 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: sweet and fruity, clear sherry notes, some peat, musty, slightly fermented fruits, tamarind peel
    Mouth: quite harsh, tart and slightly alcoholic, sweet sherry, rather fruity
    Finish: dark chocolate, slightly sweetish light, quite tart, more in the direction of European oak.
    Conclusion: I had a hard time with that, because it was rather closed in the aroma.

  6. Carsten scored this whisky 85 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 Ultimate 10y cask 900174 11/24/2004-06-07-2015 61.7%.
    Color: orange brown
    Nose: slightly sweet smoky note, burnt wood, ripe red fruits (initially sweeter and fruity than 171), mineral
    Body: medium
    Mouth: noticeably alcohol, initially strong smoke, ripe oranges, milk chocolate, bitter herbs and notes of wood
    Finish: long, mild, sweet fruit notes and mild smoke
    Conclusion: 85P., I particularly like the clear sweet-fruity notes in the nose and in the aftertaste in the combination with the peat smoke

  7. Ostap scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Fine whisky. Saturated and interesting.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Quite restrained first nose, profile typical for Ledaig, industrial notes, orange jam, furniture under a thick layer of dust, very pleasant and unobtrusive peat, traditionally smoked, smoke from the apiary, salted oak cod, dried figs, dates, fat of sausages on BBQ, ashes, vegetable stew, BBQ sauce, notes of nightshade, stew, iodine and bandages.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Sweet ash, pile of ashes, BBQ, dried fruits, mango, sherry, smoked.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Sweet, pile of ashes, very long, meaty, with BBQ sauce, oak, dried fruit, oily, knits like persimmon, pile of iodine, dried mushrooms, sherry.

  8. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Balance (23)
    Powerful whisky (91)
    • Nose
      dry, thick ... fruit, cherry, lacquer, rubber, iodized salt ... further farm (22)
    • Taste
      Fruits, salt, iodine, burnt wood and creamy pastries (23)
    • Finish
      Finish blasting, salt, iodine, caramel duck, menthol toothpaste .... umami and rubber glove with talc (23)

  9. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The first experience to taste 24.11.2004. and this is a very good experience. Rich aroma - cellar, some wet bags of salt, some tools in solid, very powerful taste - smoked, musty, again wet newspapers and oak, tannins feel very good; but do not interfere with the long and pleasant aftertaste. 22,5-23-22,5-23

  10. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  11. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  12. dramspotter scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    another great Ledaig; less fudge and more rubber than other casks I have tried from 2004 which gives it an appeal for me. Not the most awesome 2004 Ledaig available but if this doesn't reach the real highs it comes pretty close. Highly recommended.
    • Nose
      89 89
      oozes that sickly peat and sherry combination that the 900 Ledaig series is renowned for
    • Taste
      85 85
      strong peat and rubber, a tad more austere than the sherry would suggest in the mouth after the initial sweetness. While it works within the confines of the finish it is not as welcoming as other Ledaigs.
    • Finish
      90 90
      medium->long; there is considerable rubber but after repeated sips, it does maintain a syrupy quality as it ebbs

  13. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A blockbuster as could be expected. It's recommended to add water as it is a tad hot. This hotness may be in line with its young age. It belongs to the character of this whisky. So it may not be fully balanced, but a gem for the lovers of what I call "brutal whisky". 
    • Nose
      We're at the farm... So a typical Ledaig. Hay, cow dung, hessian sacks. There is also the bacon note that can be associated with more Ledaigs (but also with some Islay distilleries). Very saline, but combined with Sevilla orange, lemon, and almond paste. Later, there is ash and tar. 
    • Taste
      A full-bodied palate, with quite some influence of the high ABV. There is roasted peanut, crisp bacon, orange juice, smoked almond and some pepper. 
    • Finish
      The finish is long, both sweet and hot from the alcohol (even with water), and mildly drying. Salty peat, moss, ash, orange zest, almond and pepper. 

  14. rb854 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Peat, leather, sauerkraut, petrol, licorice, some laurel, red fruit. Full & firm nose that for me is unmistakeble Ledaig. Cinnamon, malty notes, cake, caramel.
    • Taste
      Firm but smooth, very drinkable despite an abv of 61%. Peat, sweet, caramel, licorice, ginger, tobacco and salty notes
    • Finish
      Some smoke, salty licorice, peat, medium length.

  15. lapinbilly did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      very complex, fruity, spicy, mineral peat, leather, raisins, apple, pear, vanilla and caramel.
    • Taste
      The peat is superb, peppery, fruity and bitter. Addition of water advised because the high degree of alcohol grows,!
    • Finish
      Long, on fruit and peat, excellent!

  16. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat, blueberry, cranberry, caramel, smoked ham, gingerbread, pineapple and a whiff of sulphur. With water some apple.
    • Taste
      Peat, blackberry, caramel, cranberry and pear.
    • Finish
      Peat, dark chocolate, cherry, caramel and curry.

  17. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    2004 Ledaigs do not disappoint. Here a medium sherrylastiger, vielleciht thereby somewhat ordinary candidate, who becomes a bit more sparkling with water.
    • Nose
      Pure: a rather shy representative of the 2004 Ledaigs, certainly dirty and angry enough to be perceived as a man, but the sherry has left its mark. Nice caramel sweetness with raisin and greasy fruit note. Only slightly maritime and salty. Nice and rather round, which may not be a compliment in this context. With water: cotton candy, playful, more malt, does him good, does not look so dull now.
    • Taste
      Pure: not too sharp, nice powerful start, the nose would have suggested something lax. Can fully convince here. oily texture, dark honey, burnt red on the grill, some curry ketchup over it and salty fries. Delicious! With water: in the beginning even sweeter, then more oak, more salty sherry fruits. Can you do that?
    • Finish
      long, salty and dry.

  18. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Excellent! One of the strongest whisky I've ever tasted. Adding water is strongly recommended to get access to all flavours. I added some 10+ drops of water in about 2ml of whisky.
    • Nose
      Bruichladdich-like dirty earth, metallic, peat, ash, cigar smoke, bacon, salt, red fruit, spices
    • Taste
      Strong, ash, sweet peat, tobacco, smoke, spices, salt, and then red fruit
    • Finish
      Quite long and only slightly drying in the end. Red fruit comes forward, then gets pushed back by the lingering ash, peat, spicy bacon, salt and smoke

  20. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    So difficult to put it among the other casks.. It is much better than the 2005's no doubt but not as good as the 900179 & 900177 from my point of view as it is more ashy and dirty and I am missing the fruity notes somehow. But still a great stuff!
    • Nose
      Oh I have missed that dirty Ledaig smell. Leather (much more than the other casks if I remember correctly), salty smoked bacon, tobacco, pepper and sherry notes every now and then. Great!
    • Taste
      Dirty sherry is there!! With a lot of tobacco ash! In the back you get decent plums from the sherry notes but
    • Finish
      Very long salty finish with sherry candies and pepper. 

  21. Shane_IL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This was a really complex dram, fill of smoky, meaty and fruity notes. Really a lovely show of how Ledaig can be so good without much maturation. It really worked well with the sherry.Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/08/11/ledaig-2004-the-ultimate
    • Nose
      Big dirty sherry nose. Smoked beef. Ox tongue in mustard sauce. Creme brulee. Cherry cigar.
    • Taste
      Big mouthfeel. Ash. More dirty sherry. Dry grass. Parsley. Salt.
    • Finish
      Long. Golden syrup. Sticky sherry. Cayenne pepper. Cinnamon. Light ash and wood smoke.

  22. whiskybros scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    You can find our review at http://www.whiskybros.com/#!Ledaig-10yo-2004-The-Ultimate/c21kp/5742b1ef0cf2d7217a1bcc89
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  23. Maurice_M2 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Much more interesting with water, but still too peaty for me
    • Nose
      Leather, peat, sealed, with water comes ginger, salt, citrus, raisins, a little sherry
    • Taste
      With water: sweet peat, vanilla, melon, mango, berries, leather, caramel, citrus, salt
    • Finish
      Medium long, peat, sherry sweetness, earth, ashes

  25. Murxus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    One of the typical 2004 SV Sherry Ledaigs.
    Fine smoke of fireworks, deep sherry notes. A perfect standard for these Ledaigs.

  26. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  27. Landryn scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  28. PeterCr scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Not a big fan of this nose!
    Great soft attack.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      80 80

  29. PeterCr scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Still establishing my base-line. I'm not too happy with the smokey flavours in this whisky. Especially the nose I don't like with this one. Taste is not too bad!

    Current score: 82
    • Nose
      Without water: Leather, smoke, spice
      With water: some raisins are coming through now, paint, hints of citrus
    • Taste
      With water: sweet soft fruity (melon maybe apple) attack with some honey, followed by some turf. Complex!
    • Finish
      Long, first some heat and spice followed by soft smokey/hay finish, some tobacco

  30. mer1973 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  31. PBoe70 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  32. didi1893 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The nose of the Ledaig is great despite the high alcohol content and relatively harmless. But in the mouth the Ledaig literally explodes and is actually only bitter in taste. A first Ledaig and absolutely not my taste.
    • Nose
      Fine fruit flavors rise from the glass. A subtle hint of smoke blows over the fruity nose. The 61.7% alcohol starts to bite slightly in the nose. Some honey, vanilla and toffee join it. Now a little peat is added.
    • Taste
      Merciless beats brutal smoke and strong woody aroma. Immediately the alcohol stuns the mouth and exudes a bitter warmth. A decent finish water relaxes the location. Smoke again, bitter woody aromas and some fruit.
    • Finish
      Despite water addition, the finish is relatively bitter and wooden. Light smoke and bitter wood accompany the long finish all the time. At the very end, a bitter nut and almond aroma is created.

  33. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Colour:

    Dark gold.

    Smell:

    An intense, rich, full and powerful whisky with aroma’s of sweet sherry, dried fruit, licorice, laurel, dry smoke, peat, earthy tones, mineral notes, honey, toasted bread, salt, butter, ginger, pepper, allspice, red fruits, berries, vanille, new leather, a subtle hint of sulphur (very pleasant), wet hemp ropes, salted caramel, strong toffee note suddenly appears, dried flowers, hint of mint, backed apples, straw, dried grass, damp cellar and soft creamy oak

    Taste:

    A powerful, somewhat sharp, rich and full-bodied whisky with aroma’s of sweet sherry, slightly acidic tone, peat, mineral smoke, vanilla, salted caramel, toffee, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, nutmeg, sweet cloves, fresh baked bread, malt, figs, plums, cereals, licorice root, hint of molasses, Marmite, subtle tone of railway sleepers, brine, smoked beacon, smoked cheese, butter, musty, wet paper, slightly botter tannins, big oak and vanilla

    Finish:

    A long juicy finish with notes of sweet sherry, spices (mainly ginger, pepper and allspice), fresh citrus tone, honey, vanilla, salted caramel, dark chocolate, tangy tobacco and lang lasting oak.

    Conclusion:

    It is an extremely powerful whisky that has a pleasant combination of sweet sherry, oak, savory flavours and rich peaty smoke. It has some big flavours that need some taming. Water almost kills the charme of the nose but brings out the more subtle flavours in this dram. Also the more drying tannin flavours become stronger with H2O.

    I kan highly recommend it for the peat heads out there!!

    Marks:

    9.1/10

    http://www.worldwhisky.nl/re-review-340-ledaig-2004-10-year/

  34. ThS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    No noticeable difference with the 900172. It is in the same line, and of the same quality.

  35. squaadgras scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  36. MikerG2k scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    missing some darker flavours here. very sharp.
    • Nose
      vanilla, toffee, some peatyness and a sharp smell that tingles your nose
    • Taste
      vanilla, liqorice, more peat hits you, 
    • Finish
      peat remains , spice kicks in and some bitter fruit emerges later on when the dust settles

  37. Remko scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I tasted this Ledaig 2004 vW next to the Ledaig 2004 SV (https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/70469/ledaig-2004-sv).
    Compared
    to the 2004 vW, the 2004 SV has a cleaner, crispier nose and finish.
    The 2004 vW has some slight notes that reminds me of fresh engine oil in
    the nose and some 'dirty' earthy notes in the finish. That's
    interesting, but I prefered the cleaner 2004 SV. I think because it's
    more clean, there is a very nice balance between the sherry and the peat
    in the 2004 SV.
    Thanks WhiskyBase for comparing!

  38. Opeth83 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting whisky, the sherry passes flawlessly into the typical Ledaig profile.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  39. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  40. VWWW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    These days (august 2015) the better sherry casks seem hard to find, especially for the independent bottlers, and that's when van Wees shows up with a great Ultimate bottling of Ledaig. At its 61,7% abv you get an exceptional smooth whisky, lots of peated allong with the sherry-cask turns into a taste that lingers for a long long time!

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