Always happy to find a Ledaig in the mix. I knew what this was the moment I opened it. Ledaig has a very distinct funk to it that most people eventually learn to love. This is from a signatory bottling, one of several sherrycask Ledaigs released over the last year or so as part of their Cask Strength Collection series. The sherry was quite weird on this one and felt a bit muted compared to the other two bottlings I’ve tried from this series, so I guessed it was the 19 year old marsala cask released last year.
Initial impressions: A few bubbles, not many. Thin beads, slow legs. Very pungent farmy odour, my brain is already screaming Ledaig.
Guess: Ledaig 19 Marsala Cask Finish (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/92502/ledaig-19-year-old)
Aged 11 years. 58.6% ABV. Matured in a first fill sherry butt. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask 900152.
Nose: Cardboard. Farmyard. Vegetal peat and funk. A tad sulphury with some raspberry. Undertones of cacao, coconut and coffee with milk. Toffee apple.
Palate: Wine corks. Wet oak. Mulch. Earthy peat. Oily citrus. Menthol.
Finish: Medium-long. Cherry menthol. Chemical smoke. Bitter wood. Woodspice. Toffee. Slight hints of bay rum.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
It’s no secret I love Ledaig so I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I was quite boggled by the cask effect though, the sherry was very different to the similar casks I’ve tried, but it was quite enjoyably unique.