We are continuing with the Ledaig reviews today.
There are 2 types of Ledaigs really. There’s the official ones, which are very nice of course. And then there’s the indie bottlings, which can be outstanding and are almost always a reasonable price.
I had quite a few at the Show and I just had to buy some of these. Particularly the Gordon MacPhail is just fantastic.
These are all 10-11 years old and all of them show a great maturity and balance for that age.
Ledaig 11 Single Malts of Scotland (Sherry cask) 56.8%
Nose: There’s the savoury Ledaig I love. Quite meaty, Sherry and smoke combo, tobacco and toffee.
Taste: A surprisingly soft arrival, sweet Sherry, building meaty smoke, tobacco, black cherry then more smoke.
Finish: Long length. Smoky and earthy with coffee and dark chocolate.
Notes: This has not been released yet as the labels had been printed wrong, hopefully the price will be right and I can buy one.
Ledaig 2005 Signatory Cask Strength 54.6%
Nose: Some meatiness, exotic fruit, malty smoke. A great balanced sweetness.
Taste: Soft arrival, exotic fruit again, red berry, building up with meatiness and spiciness, black pepper and salami.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Lovely, peat smoke, meaty red fruit balance.
Notes: From a 1st Fill Sherry cask, but quite light in colour compared to some other similar bottlings. Great with water too!
Ledaig 11 Time Series IV 48%
Nose: Briny, sea salt, olive oil, white pepper. An amazing natural whisky.
Taste: Soft arrival, briny, green olives, olive oil, builds on the same theme. Very oily and full. Great balance.
Finish: Medium/Long length. More brine, sea salt, soot and olive oil. Lovely.
Notes: I assume this is from a Bourbon barrel. Like drinking sea water and olive oil! This is fantastic. Beauty in its simplicity, great balance and a great price, £55 a bottle (I don’t include price in my score).
Ledaig 2004 Gordon & MacPhail TWE Exclusive 57.8%
Nose: Lovely Sherry and Ledaig smoke balanced perfectly. Gristy, gritty smoke, peppery meat.
Taste: Intense, cherry, Sherry, peppery meat again, really balanced. Lovely with water but goes more oaky.
Finish: Long length. Amazing, meaty with Sherry.
Notes: From a Sherry Hogshead, in my opinion one of the best types of barrel used in the industry. This is a stunner. It passes the Oog test with flying colours. I had to buy one of these at £66, completely worth every penny. Might re-review this when I open the bottle.
Well, that’s it for Ledaig but more to come!
Network Average: 75.0
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 44
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good