Ledaig 1998 Old Particular

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More love for Ledaig. This peated malt from Tobermory distillery on the isle of Mull was bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their premium Old Particular range. It was matured in a refill sherry butt, but it’s clear from the colour that the cask still had much flavour to give to this whisky.

What I love about Ledaig, aside from its lack of a collector-cult following to drive up prices, is how versatile it can be. It’s good young, it’s good old, it’s good with bourbon maturation, it’s good with sherry maturation. It’s just good whisky.

Aged 18 years. 48.4%ABV. Matured in a refill sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask DL11211.

Nose: Wet rocks. Slightly farmy too, kind of a mix of mineral and vegetal peat profiles. Matches soaked in strawberry jam. Sandpaper just after use. Grass fire. Olive oil.

Palate: Easy at first, cherry halls lozenges and a little shoe polish.And then bam! A huge hit of waxy fruit, fruit oils and vegetal peat. Some more fruit bursts onto the palate on the swallow, mainly yellow cherries.

Finish: Long. Farmy notes. Oil smoke. The charred basting off a good roast. Cherry flavouring.

Would I buy this: Yes

Would I order this in a bar: Yes

Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes

VFM: 2/5

This was really good even by Ledaig standards. The comment in my un-edited short notes I wrote when tasting the whisky was simple “Bazowie”. It was quite bold and peaty for its age, much more so than the 18-year-old distillery bottling, but still let plenty of the sherry character through.

 

 

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