Origin: Isle of Mull (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon
Additional Coloring: No
Owner: J& A Mitchell & Co Ltd.
Average price: € 125.00
Official website: www.cadenhead.scot/
Last sample in my hands from Cadenhead’s Authentic Collection, this time of the (generally) peated spirit from a distillery that has given me no small amount of satisfaction, Tobermory.
I wrote “generally” because, considering its age, the whisky contained in this bottling comes from a period where Ledaig didn’t exist as we know it today, and was still in the same profile of the main distillery, therefore unpeated.
Distilled in 1993 and bottled in April 2015, 252 bottles were produced from the ex-Bourbon cask that contained this Ledaig, which can still be found on their shop.
Straw yellow in the glass.
For those accustomed to the contemporary Ledaig offered by the distillery on the island of Mull, this nose is at least… alienating! No dirty, earthy smoke, the profile is instead very herbaceous (which in fact has something to do with dirt), allowing notes of leather and spices (star anise, pepper) and a creamy, vanilla pudding component to shine through. Peach and hazelnut. Interesting…
It remains herbaceous even on the palate, on which a light (but very light) puff of smoke emerges, overpowered however by the decidedly sweet soul of the whisky with peach, orange and a touch of vanilla. The alcohol content offers just the right amount of warmth, with a slight component of white pepper. Very creamy, with few but decisive and balanced aromas. More leather in the background, giving a touch of roughness.
The finish is quite long and dry, of spices, orange and wood.
Accustomed to Ledaig’s Gascon roughness, this whisky is truly a unique experience, straightforward and (on the surface) simple, with no frills but maintaining the distillery’s natural spirit.
Reviews of Ledaig whisky in the blog:
Chorlton Whisky Ledaig 10yo
Ledaig Rioja Cask Finish
SMWS: April 2021 Outturn
Valinch & Mallet Ledaig 10yo
Valinch & Mallet Ledaig 2008 13yo
Valinch & Mallet Ledaig 25yo
Wilson & Morgan Ledaig 2008