Thursday, 4 May 2017

Ledaig 2004 Whisky Lounge & 2005 Douglas Laing Reviews

Oh good morrow!

It must be known to you by now that I rather have a little soft spot for an interesting little whisky hailing from the isle of Mull…
Ah yes, Ledaig!

A marvellous malt, gaining quite some traction amongst those in the know and those that can handle the intense flavours these whiskies often provide…
Quite by happenstance I managed to peruse two little thimbles of the stuff and will endeavour to lay bare my thoughts on these wondrous trinkets….

Ledaig 2004 The Whisky Lounge 58.1%
Colour: Straw
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Light and very clean. Salty, sea spray, alcohol, seaweed and samphire. Not much of the complexity I would expect from a Ledaig from this vintage.
Taste: Salty, clean, intense, very very maritime, seaweed, samphire and some lemon citrus.
Finish: Long length. Intense, really a lot of the sea.
Bottled 2017 at 12 years old. Ah a shame. The maritime notes aren't really balanced here. Lacking something a lot of other Ledaig's of this vintage had. Only 30 bottles!
73/100
 
Ledaig 2005 Douglas Laing 48.4%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Soft smoke, dirty soot, clean salt, wool, old warehouse, tar. A little prickling alcohol.
Taste: Soft arrival, builds with soot and big smoke, right amount of dirt, tar and phenolic, then clove and spices. Great strength, very oily and viscous.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Vanilla burst and lovely smoke.
Bottled 2005 at 10 years old. Yeah, this is more like it. A real get your hands dirty Ledaig.
79/100

Fare thee well!

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Network Average: 74.5
Best Score: 92
Worst Score: 44
0-49 Terrible
50-59 Bad
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
70-74 Good
75-79 Very Good
80-84 Excellent
85-89 Superb
90+ Magnificent

Full Disclosure Disclaimer: I currently work as a Brand Ambassador for Penderyn Distillery. The views expressed here are purely my own and do not reflect the views of Penderyn Distillery or The Welsh Whisky Company. I try to maintain as much objectivity as I can but feel free to take my reviews with as big a pinch of salt as you like. Furthermore, my rating scale is NOT based on a Parker type wine scoring scale or a school/college/university % or A-F grade score. You can find more on my scoring here. I apologise for any seemly low or 'bad' scores given with my system and am sorry I can't say only nice things. Please keep in mind that I am ethically compromised and am unable to produce 100% unbiased reviews.

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