Ledaig 2005 Signatory Vintage

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Thanks to /u/Dramboy for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit.

Always happy to try some Ledaig. It’s real wonder whisky, very versatile. This is one of several sherry matured 10-11 year old bottlings done by Signatory Vintage which popped up on the market recently. They were a little out of my comfort zone where I’d buy without trying so I never got a bottle but was left curious. Thankfully /u/dramboy was willing to share some with me.

Aged 11 years. 58% ABV. Matured in a 1st fill sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 900160.

Nose: Light funk. Ash. Gasoline. Pencil erasers. Nutmeg. Cherry jam. Currants. Toasted wood. Dark maple syrup. Candy apple.

Palate: Quite sharp. Red apple. Tart strawberries. Leather. Coal dust. Medicinal. Smoked red fruits.

Finish: Long. Slightly coppey. Bitter wood. Rubber. Cooking oil. Cherry menthol lozenges.

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 is really a top quality cask. Ledaig is very good at most stages of maturation but the combination of young, peaty character of the still very active spirit and full, thick sherry is really quite stellar here in particular.

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