Ledaig 2008 Archives

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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.

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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.

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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