Monday, 1 January 2018

3x Ledaig from The Haig: 18 TBWC, 2004 G&M & 1997 Carn Mor Reviews

Hi everyone,

Happy 2018 all!
More Ledaig from Mr. Ledaig, from The Haig. Yep.
Not gonna give a big long intro today but these were three I tasted back at The Haig whisky festival (God I’ve got so many reviews to get through) that I wasn’t too impressed with. Ledaig walks a thin line and sometimes it ends up the wrong side. None of these are bad whiskies, just not great.

Ledaig 18 TBWC 51.7%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Full
Nose: Funky with a capital F. Blue cheese and barnyard, some smoke but at the back really. Rotting lemon peel, parmesan cheese and lettuce. Very odd.
Taste: Sweet, orange, Bourbon cask waxiness, vanilla, black pepper, not really funky here but a little straightforward. A little cheese near the end.
Finish: Long length. Tingling spices and dry oak.
Weird nose, good on the taste though.
76/100
 
Ledaig 2004 Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength 55.5%
Colour: Amber
Body: Full
Nose: Unusual, even for Ledaig. Cherry and a lactic milk note, chimney soot, acidic Bruichladdich-esque sick note, orange peel.
Water: More normal with Sherried fruit.
Taste: Meaty, gritty and gristy. Sweetness with cherry, orange marmalade, lemon, lime, raisin, slightly hot and spicy with chilli.
Water: Much better as with the nose. Sweeter but a little spicy.
Finish: Medium length. Rubber, soot, then orange peel.
Lots of off notes here and doesn't quite pull them off. Strange stuff.
74 without water
78 with water
76/100
 
Ledaig 1997 Carn Mor Cask Sample 50.2%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Slightly cheesy, olive oil, barnyard, Ledaiggian smoke, some apple and cheddar, slightly waxy. Some meat too- Pepperoni.
Taste: Soft, lacking some power then big, white pepper, malt, some cheddar cheese, waxy and oily, some lemon peel, slightly floral, ginger.
Finish: Medium length. More Bourbon barrel-y, vanilla, a bit creamy, waxy, dry oak.
A cask sample taken 2017 at 20yo. Don’t know if this has been bottled yet, but from barrel 643083 for your reference. Quite a spicy development.
76/100

Thanks for reading!

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