Nose: Big sherry fruit and charcoal smoke up front, with green leaves, school plimsolls, brine, gravel, fruit cake and cinnamon spice providing depth.
Palate: Hot spice and cooling menthol fight on the tongue, with tar, charcoal, rich fruit cake and raisins providing some respite. The leafiness from the nose continues, with German black bread, sweet cured bacon and 'tasty burnt bits' umami. Water knocks out some of the spice, kicking up the dark fruit a notch and bringing in soft black liquorice.
Finish: Much softer than expected, with hints of liquorice, sweet apple, smoked ham and raisin.
Comment: A fantastic example of this increasingly popular style of young Ledaig - lots of sherry, lots of smoke and lots of flavour. Full of fruit and sweet smoke, it's definitely showing that Islay isn't the only place to find big peat.