I’m always down for a Ledaig. Sadly it’s not as underrated as it used to be and the prices are starting to reflect that, so best enjoy them while we can. This one was tasted at Whisky Live Tel Aviv in the VIP area. It was bottled by Dutch independent bottler van Wees as part of their ‘The Ultimate’ collection, which range from decent to amazing and are always well priced.
What got my attention here was the fact that it was sherry matured, these are not very common, particularly with the younger expressions. The combination of sherry and peat is something I like and really enjoyed with the 18 year old disitllery bottling, so it was interesting to try it with something younger and punchier.
Aged 10 years. 61.7%ABV. Matured in a sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 900174.
Nose: Big dirty sherry nose. Smoked beef. Ox tongue in mustard sauce. Creme brulee. Cherry cigar.
Palate: Big mouthfeel. Ash. More dirty sherry. Dry grass. Parsley. Salt.
Finish: Long. Golden syrup. Sticky sherry. Cayenne pepper. Cinnamon. Light ash and wood smoke.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Wow. This was a really complex dram, fill of smoky, meaty and fruity notes. Really a lovely show of how Ledaig can be so good without much maturation. It really worked well with the sherry.