SMWS 42.24 The Bee’s Knees (Ledaig 2006 )


I do love a Ledaig, especially with the Winter weather we’re having. This is an SMWS bottling which means it’s probably particularly good, so good in fact that they’ve called it “The Bee’s Knees”.

A fascinating combination of aromas ranging from sweet to salt and smoke kept us all very much engaged and interested; sea salt caramels, a salted chocolate tart using smoked sea salt and churros with salty peanut sugar and bitter chocolate. It tastes exactly how it noses. It was big in every sense; sweet, salty, smoky – simply stunning and best described by the following remarks; ‘dog’s bollocks’ and ‘bee’s knees’! Reluctantly we added a drop of water, however we still enjoyed that very unusual combination we experienced neat but now, admittedly, a little tamer but still tantalizing every nook and cranny of our tongue.


DRINKING TIP: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone
Aged 9 years. 59.5% ABV. Matured in a refill ex-bourbon barrel. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 42.24.
Nose: Quite malt centric. Earthy peat. Salt. Prawn chips. Synthetic rubber. Currants. Cayenne pepper. Rosemary.

Palate: A very malty peat, kind of like smokey porridge. Mead. Salt. Light wood. Woodspice. Pepper, lots of pepper, especially on the swallow.

Finish: Peppery note carries through. Cardboard. Peated barley. Water-extinguished bonfire. Long smokey woodspice and rubber note lingers for a really like time.

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: 3/5

This was a good one indeed. The alcohol was surprisingly mellow in this for such a high ABV, but it was packed with flavours, delicious warming ones, great for Winter. This could easily take the place of a hot mug of Horlicks before bed.


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