Ledaig 19 Marsala Cask Finish

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I’m always happy to try whatever comes out of Tobermory distillery, particularly if it’s a Ledaig. They have this weird edgy funk to them that just makes them really unique and they go well with just about everything. The distillery is also going to stop producing whisky for about 2 years due to renovations, and while they have announced that they have plenty of stock to put out during that time period, I’m a little worried that it’ll somehow give the collectory types reason to horde and drive up prices. So best to enjoy as much as I can now.

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Ledaig 2004 Signatory Vintage

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

One of the best things that ever happened to me was when I first discovered Ledaig. This underrated little malt from Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull can hold its own with the most monstrous of Islay’s beasts while still maintaining it’s own unique character.

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Ledaig 2004 The Ultimate

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I’m always down for a Ledaig. Sadly it’s not as underrated as it used to be and the prices are starting to reflect that, so best enjoy them while we can. This one was tasted at Whisky Live Tel Aviv in the VIP area. It was bottled by Dutch independent bottler van Wees as part of their ‘The Ultimate’ collection, which range from decent to amazing and are always well priced.

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Ledaig 1998 Cooper’s Choice

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This is a real treat. Over the past year and a bit I’ve tried several Ledaigs (and learned that it’s pronounced Le-chig and not Le-dayg, because Gaelic), mostly  younger malts, 10 years and under, and have developed quite a liking for it.

About a month I ago I tried the 18 year old distillery bottling and was very impressed, so when the chance approached to try another older Ledaig, and this time from the single cask Cooper’s Choice range, which seldom disappoints, I jumped at the chance.

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SMWS 42.18 Purple Relaxation (9 Year Old Ledaig)

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This is a bottling from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, a very large whisky club which buys casks and bottles them independently. The bottlings don’t usually reveal the name of the distillery and each bottling is instead given its own unique name. However each bottle does display a code made up of the cask number and distillery (42 is Tobermory/Ledaig), so with a little internetting one can figure it out.

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