Thanks to /u/gregbenson314 for the sample through /r/ScotchSwap’s Secret Santa on reddit.
This is an independently bottled Ledaig from Morrison and Mackay, an independent bottler labeled under their Carn Mor Strictly Limited range which consists of premium single malts what are not chill filtered.
I’m a huge fan of Ledaig, it’s a whisky that just tastes good no matter what casks or used or how it’s aged. This is pretty close to the base profile though, aged pretty young and matured in a pair of hogsheads which I think it’s safe to assume are refill.
Aged 7 years. 46% ABV. No colourant added and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Vegetal peat. Lots of damp earthy notes. This is characteristic in a Ledaig but here’s it’s particularly apparent. Mulch. Wet Grass. Wet campfire. Some light floral notes coming through and just a hint of lavender. Green apples. Salty caramel lingers in the background.
Palate: More vegetal peat. Bitter mineral notes and brine. Slight bitter wood note. Still some good grassy and earthy notes here, but with less of that damp character. Vanilla cream rounds it off.
Finish: Bitter wood. Mineral peat. Ash. Pine cones. Light whiffs of vanilla and apple.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
The really felt like it was the raw essence of Ledaig, young, herbal, smoky and with little cask influence. Lovely whisky, hopefully we can keep this one a secret for a while longer.