I’m a huge fan of Ledaig because their younger expressions are so damn good, and relatively cheap to boot. This on the other hand is not young, nor cheap, and I’ve been interested in trying it for a while now.
This is a recent release (2015) and the first addition to the 10 year old from the distillery since the rebranding several years back. This is matured in sherry casks so it’s not just showing off the distillate here.
Aged 18 years. 46.3%ABV. Matured in Spanish Sherry Wood. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Brine. Sherry funk. Wispy sulphury notes.Rubber. Light wood smoke. Bit of a sour/bitter note, but it disappears after a few minutes. Milk chocolate. Raisins. Blood oranges.
Palate: Juicy ruby grapefruit. Ashy peat. Rubber. Milk chocolate. Lamingtons. Nutty wood. Salty toffee.
Finish: Long. Ash. Brine. Juicy red fruits. Waxy fruit peel. Rubber. Bit of bitter wood and woodspice. Lingering dark cough syrup note.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I really liked this. It was very different to the younger bottlings I’ve tried. While those are bold and aggressive, this was quite a subtle dram where the peat played second fiddle to the sherry casks. This was wonderfully complex and the finish just went on and on and on…
I still find the price hike over the 10 year old a little exaggerated so I probably won’t ever buy a whole bottle, but oh did I enjoy this sample.