Thanks to /u/dramboy for the sample via /r/ScotchSwap on reddit
One can never try enough Ledaig, it can vary so much from dram to dram but still has the same old familiar funk to it. This one was bottled by whiskybase.com’s Archives label which has seen some amazing releases of late. I missed the boat on this one so thankfully /u/dramboy had this sample for me. This was matured in a sherry butt, though judging by the colour, either a refill cask or partial maturation.
Aged 8 years. 60.9% ABV. Matured in a sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a cask #700712.
Nose: Quite a briney nose even for a Ledaig. Along with this is some very pungent medicinal funk, chemical smoke and mineral peat. Smoked meat. Raspberry sherbet. White grape juice. Icing sugar. With time a bit of a yeasty note, almost like fresh bread shows up along with a distinct floral note.
Palate: Lemon zest. Earthy peat. Mulch. Salt. Lavender. Grape flavoring. Ashy mud (like a leftover wet campfire). Olive oil. Pepper.
Finish: Long. Peppery. Camphor. Salty toffee. Wet oak. Paprika. Pepper. Woodspice. Lemon oil.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was a fun Ledaig. The sherry wasn’t very present but made itself known at some interesting little points, and some of the typical Ledaigy notes were very accentuated, which could be polarising, but Ledaig is polarising anyway so chances are anyone drinking this already leans in a certain direction.