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Ledaig 18-year-old

Overall rating
87.31/100
votes
177
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Limited Release - Batch No. 03
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Spanish Sherry Wood Finish
Strength
46.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
P037970 L5 xx:xx 16168
Barcode
5029704218059
Added on
07 Mar 2017 3:45 pm by wolfhound
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 104.33

36 × in wishlist

177 × member ratings

676 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ledaig 18-year-old

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.31 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/midlands-whisky-festival-2017-part-13/

    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. SAND scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.

  4. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/malt-n-copper-christmas-tasting-2018-part-2/

    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[-]

  6. Wolv scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

  8. Erik1908 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Whereas the 10y old Ledaig is a straight right in the face peat-slam, this 18y old is a completely different ballgame. This one is much milder and complex. A recent article from Tijs100 about "the older the whisky the milder the peatsmoke", makes sense in this respect.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Beautiful earthy and sweet sherry notes. Some BBQ flavors as well mild and lovely peat-smoke.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mouth full of spices, sweetness and again the mild peat-smoke. There is a lot of things happening here. Quite complex with various layers of flavors.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Quite long, warm and tasteful. Dried fruits rather then spices in the finish.

  9. gaboruso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      light cold smoke, some gum, smoked fish, herbs, dried fruit but only very subtly in the background
      with would be much sweeter with me - towards herbal candy
    • Taste
      Herbal candy, some honey, lime, lemon peel, some wood, light pepper on the finish
      hmm I almost didn't notice that. Smoke is actually imperceptible

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