Ledaig 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release - Batch No. 03
Stated Age
18 years old
Spanish Sherry Wood Finish
46.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
P037970 L5 xx:xx 16168
Added on
07 Mar 2017 3:45 pm by wolfhound

Average value

€ 110.94

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Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 18-year-old

44 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.58 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Spanish sherry wood.

    N: Mould growing on pvc, sports gyms, vegetal Christmas peat, cinnamon, cloves, rhubarb decay, barley coming through, compost-fruity coal, coal tar,.. Fascinating vegetal complex, salty and sweaty lactose ferments, dusty lofts,…
    T: Succulent and ashy creamy sour.
    F: Even more succulent ash and metals.
    C: Really excellent.

    Scores a B[+]

  2. diamond2000 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: restrained, initially tar, clearly roasted walnuts, assorted lollipops, dried fruits (apples, pears), smoked meats, salami, menthol, old lacquered furniture. A little breathing there is a distinct corporate flavor of "Soviet" rubber with a sweetish tint, soot, bake, lime, the same dried fruit, but with the addition of fine autumn foliage. Very good, deep, multi-faceted fragrance!

    Taste: rich, walnut, mineral ash, spices, black pepper, dried apples and pears, dates, milk caramel, dried fruit compote, minerals, iodine, salt.

    Finish: longer than average, dried fruit, walnut and knitting partitions from it, salt, ash, a little zest, oily, enveloping. Traced all the same notes of rubber, rubber.

    Rating: 90

    The result: a warm, versatile Ledzhik, with perfectly fitted components to each other. The bias is already moving from phenols and smoke to the nut-dried fruit spectrum, unlike dozens. Meditative whisky, poured dram, I want to stretch and stretch, very good!

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    This 18 years old Tobermory on sherry casks appeared in 2015 for the first time. I felt it was somewhat ‘schizophrenic’. I presume that this third batch, from 2016, will have the same split personality.

    The nose is indeed a weird but nice mix of tar, rubber, smoke and buttermilk with red fruit, candied oranges and apricots. The first whiff is somewhat of a scary moment, but give it (and yourself!) some time to get used to it. Suddenly you’ll notice that it’s actually pretty good (at least, that was my experience).

    It rolls softly across the tongue, nicely oily and a bit spicy on salt & pepper, nutmeg and a hint of ginger. The fruit shines through in the guise of oranges and strawberry, but that does not last long. Soon the whole is awash in brackish water, cold coffee and chewing tobacco. The smoke becomes intense but disappears just as quickly. Some late walnuts and camphor. Yup, this one is just as crazy as the previous one and I am fine with that.

    The finish is medium long, smoky, peppery and sweet, but dies quite a bitter death on oak and liquorice.

    Weird is good, right? This certainly is both. Thanks, Pat!

  4. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    NOSE: Camphor, tar, asphalt, salty ropes, engine oil and old engine room, coffee, peat smoke. Also sweeter notes of treacle, dried fruits and dark forest honey. Hints of menthol and eucalyptus. Delightfully “dirty” peat and sherry nose. With water a little sweeter and less dirty peat. (89p)
    TASTE: The arrival is medium sweet and medium peaty. The mid palate is rather dry, with peat smoke, some tar, liquorice and just a hint of pepper. Continues into the long aftertaste. Nice but not completely balanced, I would actually have liked a bit more sweetness here. (87p) Water balances this out better. (88p)
    TOTAL SCORE: 88 points.

  5. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    I’ve also had this before. It’s peated Tobermory finished for an unspecified time in Spanish sherry (oloroso) casks.

    Mull’s only distillery dates back to 1798 when John Sinclair established the Ledaig distillery. Like most, it’s faced a chequered history, closing many times [41 years in 1837], and closing again in 1930 for 42 years, 14 years after re-opening. Burn Stewart acquired the distillery in 1993, re-launching the Ledaig brand again in 2007. Distell took over from Burn Stewart in 2013.

    N: It’s a top ‘ole, large vegetal number with sweaty pickled onions, sweet-sour Thai flavours, sweet crisps, [violin] resin, scallops, squid ink, Tupperware, cabbage, smoked turkey sticks [Twizzlers?],….. The nose at least, is a winner. I guessed this as an Islay through & through.
    T: Arrives just fine with a buttery > medicinal touch. A decent slugger this.
    F: Smoked butter.
    C: Decent peated whisky, if a little same-y.

    Scores a B[-]

  7. Wolv scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. riegerjonas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    2021-02-28: relatively special and not everyday
    • Nose
      Car tires, rubber, motor oil, the complete car workshop, dark fruits with fine ripe smoke, charcoal, BBQ, dried fruit
    • Taste
      slight acidity gives way to the taste of Hungarian chips, smoky peppers, clear sherry!
    • Finish
      rather short

  9. eNZzo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  10. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Comparison between Ledaig 18 (Batch 03) and Ledaig 19yo (2018)

    The color of the 18 is darker.

    This also continues in the nose. The 18 is darker, dirtier, more hearty and bitter. Short snotty. The 19 is more moderate. In proportion, of course. Is still a Ledaig. The smoke is more subdued, the malt appears "cleaner", sweeter and fresher. The sherry is there of course, it just looks a bit lighter than the 18.

    The 19 has a nice sweetness in the mouth. In connection with the Ledaig Rauch, that's not wrong. In addition, sweet and sour notes of sherry and liquorice.
    The 18er is more brutal. It has a lot of sweetness, but it is also a lot smokier and more uncomfortable.

    Well, I just like Ledaig. And the 18 is a really good whisky. The 19er is a little more beginner-friendly, but anything but boring. If you want it a bit coarser, then you go for the 18.

    For me, the 18 won this comparison. Especially since it is even cheaper.


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