Thanks to /u/buddy_dosser for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.
One of the best things that ever happened to me was when I first discovered Ledaig. This underrated little malt from Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull can hold its own with the most monstrous of Islay’s beasts while still maintaining it’s own unique character.
You can’t really go wrong when you mix sherry and Ledaig, and I’d seen this one around but it just didn’t make it onto my buy list, so super grateful to have the chance to try some.
Aged 10 years. 61.6%ABV. Matured in a first fill sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 900172.
Nose: Wet slate. Mineral peat. Porridge. Sulphur. Rubber. Nutty wood. Sticky toffee. Fresh paper. Raspberry sherbert. Pink lemonade.
Palate: Salty. Sulphury. Mineral peat. Scorched earth. Rubber. Orange candies. Wax.
Finish: Long. Dry sherried wood. Sticky peaches and cherries. Rubber. Mineral peat. Charred painted wood.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
Phenomenal whisky! This Ledaig is still very feisty. The sherry adds a huge dimension here. For a 10 year old peated whisky it’s wonderfully complex and bold.