Ledaig 2005 BD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Best Dram (BD)
Stated Age
10 years old
Bourbon Barrel
63.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 jan 2016 10:21 am by QuarterCentury
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 83.45

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Whisky reviews for Ledaig 2005 BD

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.03 points.

  1. Ing Tretti scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Great stuff. Don't add water. It flattens the aromatic profile of this whisky.
    • Nose
      Peat. Cured ham, green olives, honeydew melon, herbs, grilled meat, black currants, kippers...

      Just give it some time in the glass to develop.
    • Taste
      Bold and edged. Oily, sweetness, vanilla, ham, honey, sweet espresso, herbs on the palate, custard, grapes, some slight mineral notes in the end.
    • Finish
      Incredibly long waves of sweet smoke, vanilla, tannins and herbs.

  2. Torfding scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The high alcohol content suggests adding water, but in retrospect I'm not happy with it. In the nose is a very slight Essignote added and in general with this Ledaig then too thin and also sharper. The finish is shorter and brings the herbal notes a little clearer, whereas the reverberation remains, the smoke is more flowing. Later everything becomes a little bit darker and "scratchier" in a very pleasant way. Overall, this barrel reminds me of the magnificent 2004/2005 sherry barrels of Signatory, just without the sherry. In any case, the label "Best Dram" certainly applies here.
    • Nose
      heavy, warm, spicy and yet somehow fresh peat smoke, a kind of dark fragrant freshness, sweet and malty, heathland, the juice of old ("puffed") limes, ham, oak, herbs and old grass clippings (or not quite dried hay), a well-integrated light saltiness A great nose!
    • Taste
      Citrus (but rather lime and ginger than lemon), warm and full, peat smoke, a slightly sour, creamy mouthfeel, a little tingling, the alcoholic is there, but not really dominant, after a long time in the mouth makes the vanilla more noticeable
    • Finish
      medium to long; warm, oak, in the aftermath actually a little chalky, a pleasant peat smoke, the long reverberates and spreads nicely; much later, an interesting light sweetness rises from below

  3. Agrajag scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Sapiano scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ledaig 10 2005 BD Bourbon barrel 63.9% WID: 77064 (first diluted with a splash of water, then pure)

    Nose: Warm smoke, ham, tomato ketchup (also something pur like Maggi or Marmite), lemon grass, maybe hay and some salt. Later: Many limes with peel come out. The oak becomes a bit more present. Cooling mint is added. Then a few herbs.
    Taste: Strong onset, ham, lemon, slightly sour but still sweet. Sour fruit gums? It tingles. Ginger. Pure: Nicer creamy mouthfeel. The start is sweeter. Honey.
    Finish: Now the wood shows. Sweet and sour limes stick to the palate and the cheeks and develop again towards ginger. Smoke is there, but not dominant. In the throat and Spreiseröhre it stays warm for a long time.
    Conclusion: the smoke is beautiful. Aromatic and warm. No cold ashes or gum marks. I had expected a bit more vanilla from the barrel. The nose smells more intensively from drink to drink into limes. They remind me of the recently tried Port Charlotte of WHIC. I like this one as well. The Port Charlotte still had these nice butter crumbs in the nose ...

  5. Goethe scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Now peated Tobermory is a class of its own. Smoke and sweet honey at the same time with this additional touch of Big Red gum.

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10 (2016)
    • Nose
      Smoke, wild honey, thyme, some citrus notes, some earthy notes.
    • Taste
      Sugar and herbs in the mix, thyme and honey again. Big Red gum (cinnamon-flavored something)
    • Finish
      Medium. Some caramel and oak and some sweet smoke.

  6. MrBasketball scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  7. MadScientist scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A parallel tasting with one of last year's 10 Laphi CS would certainly be exciting. Anyway, a malt that plays along above and in this respect absolutely deserves the label 'Best Dram' in its category for my taste.
    • Nose
      Give him time in the glass he deserves and let him breathe for a few minutes. The Ledaig thanks it, opens and exudes generously a beguiling, strong-spicy fragrance of heavy peat smoke, sweet malt and heather honey. In addition a certain freshness, as I often perceive it with Ledaig and other bourbon-stored smokers - lemon notes and a kind of ethereal oils.
    • Taste
      Full, very warm, not sprightly at all. At most, a slight tingle on the tongue reveals the enormous alcohol content. Powerful spicy, that's the impression. A real pleasure. Light vanilla flavors also reveal the burbon barrel on the tongue. Mull, as a whisky region at times so far insignificant that they were no longer listed on the distillery cards of that time, has seen in the middle of the last decade fantastic barrels that were bottled at Tobermory / Ledaig. The sherry casks for Signatory were terrific, including the single cask "Winter" for Kirsch Import. But this bourbon barrel is nothing compared to the sherry casks. There are currently not really many bourbon-backed Islays in this age category that I would prefer to this very powerful and intense Ledaig on cold winter evenings.
    • Finish
      Long warm finish with heather honey and my favorite 'chalk' notes. The peat dresses the entire oral cavity perfectly and simply lasts forever. Come to stay, the motto seems here again. After a long time the sweetness gives way and in the end he takes on almost a bit of medical traits, as they are known especially from Laphroaig.


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