This is a whisky I’ve been desperately trying to get my paws on for a while for obvious reasons. Unfortunately it didn’t cross my path until it has almost disappeared. This was the last whisky I had at Limburg thanks to a very heavy night the night before…
Official Ledaig. Cask strength. Interesting cask. Good price. What’s not to like friends?
Ledaig 13 Amontillado 59.2%
Nose: Interesting and funky, honey, sexy cigarette smoke, smoked cheese, something meaty like glazed ham or pastrami, lightly sulphury. And a very odd but not in any way unpleasant note of pumpkin soup.
Water: More cigarette, opens up, exotic spices, saffron.
Taste: Powerful and full, mineral smoke, smashed rocks, honey glazed ham, oily mouthfeel, some oak and black pepper.
Water: Much softer and more balanced arrival, more spices, much more salt, saffron.
Finish: Long length. Powerful smoke, more smashed rocks, very mineral. Great finish.
A good one from the officials but glad I didn't buy a bottle as I was very tempted to do. The funk is here in full force and we wouldn’t want it any other way! Although the pumpkin soup on the nose is interesting and cool, it doesn’t quite jive with the other notes there though. The palate is delicious but I do wish there was a touch more complexity. In any case, still great stuff.
Average Score: 80.3
Distillery Ranking: 8th/ 65 places
Up/Down: 9>8 (Up 1)
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Network Average: 75.0
Best Score: 94
Worst Score: 12
60-64 Just About OK
65-69 Ok to Good
75-79 Very Good
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