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Ledaig 2004 vW

Overall rating
88.32/100
votes
121
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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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 2004 vW

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.32 points

  1. 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. 

  2. 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/

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. PBoe70 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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. 

  10. 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.

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