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Selected by The Whisky Exchange, this 2004 Ledaig was aged in a refill-sherry hogshead for 11 years. This peated whisky from the Isle of Mull has notes of apple, banana, chocolate and bonfire smoke.Tasting Notes (2)
- Liquorice root
Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (The Whisky Exchange)
Huge wood smoke and long-cooked salt-and-pepper seasoned beef ribs roll out of the glass on pouring. Those rounded, meaty flavours slowly burn off to reveal sharper notes of preserved lemon and green leaves. Those two then fade into the mix, allowing earthy peat smoke to come to the fore, savoury, rich and surrounded by black pepper and sea-spray salt.
Intense sweetness leads, unhinted at by the nose – brown sugar, sweet orange and cocoa. Earthiness, bonfires, and both green and brown leaves emerge: spring fern fields and autumn forests at the same time. Underneath the leafy smoke sits a layer of sweet black liquorice.
Hot and spicy, with cinnamon and chilli heat. That fades to leave stewed apple and damp leaves.
An initial savoury smokiness parts to reveal a sweet dram, with fruit, spice and a solidly earthy and peaty core.
Producer's Tasting Notes
Honey, fruit and lime aromas with peat smoke notes.
The palate is smooth with apple, banana and chocolate, complemented by bonfire embers.
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Aggressive smoke at first, lovely sherry sweetness and barrel flavour once you get behind the smoke, long and sweet finish. A lovely whisky that demands attention!
The sherry is not very loud here. A very well balanced dram that should satisfy any fan of peat, but just a notch shy of the excellent 9yo retro label Ledaig TWE put out some time ago.
Colour: Light Amber Body: Full Nose: Lovely Sherry and Ledaig smoky balance. Gristy, gritty smoke, peppery meat. Taste: Intense, cherry, Sherry, peppery meat, really balanced. Lovely with water but more oaky. Finish: Long length. Amazing, meaty, Sherry. A great Ledaig! Tasted a lot of them at TWE's 2016 Show and this was the pick for me.
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