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Ledaig 2004 vW

Overall rating
88.34/100
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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 9:54 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 77,00

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Tastingtags

27 Notes

Segens
Connoisseur Segens Tasting note
18 Aug 2016 1:23 pm
Segens gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Russetmuscat
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. 

Comments

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!

recursiewhisky
Expert Senior recursiewhisky Note
04 Dec 2015 5:50 pm
recursiewhisky gave this whisky 91 points
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

Opeth83
Expert Senior Opeth83 Review note
05 Sep 2015 9:52 pm
Opeth83 gave this whisky 90 points

Hele interessante whisky, de sherry gaat vlekkeloos over in het typische Ledaig profiel. 

Weighted Rate
89.5
Nose
90
Initial taste
90
Body
90
Finish
90
Price
90
Presentation
85
Tommyknocker
Expert Senior Tommyknocker Tasting note
06 Jan 2017 8:02 pm
Tommyknocker gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

Pur: ein eher scheuer Vertreter der 2004er Ledaigs, sicherlich dreckig und böse genug um als Ledaig wahrgenommen zu werden, aber der Sherry hat doch seine Spuren hinterlassen. Schön Karamellige Süße mit Rosine und speckiger Fruchtnote. Nur leicht maritim und salzig. Schön und eher rund, was in diesem Kontext vielleicht nicht gerade als Kompliment zu werten ist. Mit Wasser: Zuckerwatte, verspielter, mehr Malz, tut ihm gut, wirkt jetzt nicht mehr so dumpf.

Taste

Pur: nicht zu scharfer, schön wuchtiger Antritt, die Nase hätte etwas lascheres vermuten lassen. Kann hier voll überzeugen. ölige Textur, dunkler Honig, verbrannte Rote vom Grill, etwas Curryketchup drüber und salzige Pommes. Lecker! Mit Wasser: am Anfang noch süßer, dann mehr Eiche, mehr salzige Sherryfrüchte. Kann man machen.

Finish

lang, salzig und trocken.

Comments

2004er Ledaigs enttäuschen nicht. Hier ein medium sherrylastiger, vielleciht dadurch etwas gewöhnlicher Kandidat, der mit Wasser etwas spritziger wird.

PunxsutawneyPhil
Expert Senior PunxsutawneyPhil Tasting note
25 Oct 2016 12:23 am
PunxsutawneyPhil gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Russetmuscat
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

Comments

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.

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Shane_IL
Expert Senior Shane_IL Tasting note
11 Aug 2016 9:44 pm
Shane_IL gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Burnished
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.

Comments

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.

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PBoe70
Expert Junior PBoe70 Review note
19 Dec 2015 12:16 pm
PBoe70 gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.9
Nose
88
Initial taste
92
Body
91
Finish
94
Price
85
Presentation
84
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VWWW
Expert Senior VWWW Note
11 Aug 2015 12:46 pm
VWWW gave this whisky 89 points

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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rb854
Expert Senior rb854 Tasting note
12 Mar 2018 12:28 pm
rb854 gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Russetmuscat
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.

Comments
lapinbilly
Expert Junior lapinbilly Tasting note
15 Dec 2017 12:53 pm
Color
Chestnutoloroso sherry
Nose

très complexe, fruité, épicé, tourbe minérale, cuir, raisins secs, pomme, poire, vanille et caramel.

Taste

La tourbe est superbe, poivrée, fruitée et amère.

Ajout d'eau conseillé car le fort degré d'alcool pousse,!

Finish

Longue, sur le fruit et la tourbe, excellent!

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