Friday, 19 January 2018

Ledaig 2005 Hermitage G&M & 2008 Black Corbie Sherry Reviews

Hi everyone,

How many more Ledaig’s can we try?!
Loads thankfully. Because there’s always plenty of IB’s and even some new OB’s (the new 13 Amontillado looks great!). So here’s two newish ones I tasted in The Netherlands recently.

Ledaig 2005 Hermitage Gordon & MacPhail 45%
Colour: Redish
Body: Full
Nose: My kind of stuff! Dirty and amazing. Dirty red fruit and berries. Great sulphur and smoke.
Taste: Great. More of the same style as the nose. Soft arrival, builds with ashy and sulphury and sooty and smoky notes. Dirty red fruit.
Finish: Long length. More smoke and a little spice and oak.
A great example of dirty Ledaig. A well chosen one from G&M. Easily could go into too sulphury territory for most people. I asked for a bottle of this for Christmas and Santa delivered, so a re-review may be in order at some point.
84/100
 
Ledaig 2008 Black Corbie 59.9%
Colour: Amber
Body: Full
Nose: A little sulphury, barnyard style, blood orange, grapefruit, light florals, sooty smoke, some vanilla. Very Signatory CS style, wouldn’t surprise me if this was their stock.
Taste: Intense, big smoky and sooty brute, mineral slate and sea salt, black pepper, red berries, slight sulphur.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Some soap, lavender, spice and dry oak.
9yo, from a Sherry cask. A new release from the whiskybase guys I think. At least, it was in their shop and on their stand at the Whiskybase Gathering. Anyway, another great Ledaig. Much more brutish and powerful than the G&M but not quite it’s equal.
82/100

Thanks for reading!

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