Ledaig 10 Year Old
Also from Tobermory Whisky Distillery
Whisky or Whiskey
What's in a name? Ledaig 10 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Ledaig 10 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.
Ledaig 10 Bottling Note
A 10 year old from the Tobermory distillery on Mull, a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits Competition.
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The nose is quite light and well-balanced. There is a very soft peat with a gentle smoke. Notes of barley and malt extract with walnut and pine oil and a hint of iodine with notes of dried fruit and nuts. The palate is medium-bodied and quite rich. There are notes of spice and smoke gathering above the charred oak. The peat is quiet and dry with a touch of black pepper and earth. The finish is of medium-length and slightly smoky with spice.
The mystery transformation
Good, but takes time (and air)
What a difference
What a difference between this and the old style. This is 46% and unchillfiltered which probably explains some of it but this has a good oily body, much more peat and smoke, some medicinal notes but finishing on pepper and salt. Water creates a bit more sweetness but doesn't really diminish the mouth-feel.
16th March 2011
I'm struck by how similar the style is to Caol Ila 12 y.o., but at a younger age. Apple smoke, generally - with a few drops of water to allow it to open up - and open the bottle for air a day or two before you sample it. The day I brought it home, it was slightly disappointing. 2 days later - I loved it! As I said - delicious!
25th February 2013
Isle of Jura Fans Check this out!
Ledaig 10 reminds me of Isle of Jura releases. Ledaig 10 is better than Isle of Jura Superstition though. Worth checking out! Jason's Scotch Reviews
2nd March 2013
A delicious island wonder
Lots of beautiful smoke; there's a lovely gentle peat smoke on the palate, which combines with a dark charred oak and coal smoke on the palate, before both merge together for a delicious finish. Amongst this there is a deep rich complexity and warmth. Black pepper, spice, seaside air and iodine are the most prominent, but give this time and you'll begin to get some great mellow fruity notes too. Fantastic, complex, tasty and un-chillfiltered. Wonderful.
30th March 2013
The bottle I have is definitely smokey and spicy, the iodine is there and not just hinted, and a bit of sweetness and fruit on top.
I am a bit surprised for the comparision with Caolila above I don't agree, it is a nice one but Ledaig follow another philosophy, but everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Yet that recommendation of airing the bottle is a good one, not just for this one, mine tasted a lot better when about 1/3 had been consumed.
Water definitely needed, else one would go numb with the 46% alcohol.
Even so my recommendation is no more than about a 20-25% water, not to dilute the experience too much.
Ledaig is completely outstanding for the price.
31st May 2013
I bought this to replace Talisker 10 as my Island malt (I like to keep one from each region with no overlapping flavor profiles). Ledaig 10 is what Talisker 10 wishes it could be. 2 small drops of water and this really opens up. Oily, seaside, spicy, peaty, exactly what you'd want from an Island whisky. I will definitely look at Tobermory's other offerings once this bottle is finished.
3rd June 2013
When I initially bought this and cracked it to have a taste, it seemed far too green and young. I had purchased it on the promise of a slightly different peated whisky from the standard Islay variety. I have to say I was disappointed, because I could hardly sense any peat but got only an overwhelming feeling that this had been bottled too early.
Fortunately, the Ledaig 10 year improved by leaps and bounds after having been open for about a week. I'm no chemist but I'm almost certain that the small amount of oxidation made a marked difference. Now, tasting it I can agree much more wholeheartedly with the above tasting notes. Although the young, green, herbaceous taste persists, it's now balanced with a delightful fruity complement, something almost reminiscent of cognac. The oak barrels also add a gentle, mildly vanilla note to the whole affair and, as one reviewer above as said, an extra drop or two of water will draw out those sweet vanillins and the apple-y, fruity notes somewhat, without destroying the flavour. The peat is now also much more apparent, much to my relief!
I have yet to try the Tobermory 15 year, but I suspect that this would make a good complement to it, being a slightly younger, more peated and rougher version. Buy with certainty that this WILL be a good whisky, just don't expect it to be one the moment you open it. I'm giving it a four for the development of a rich and relatively complex palate, but a few marks off for not having a particularly distinctive or lingering finish.
9th July 2013
I find almost every incarnation of Ledaig I've ever tried benefits from some 'open bottle time'. It's amazing after a fortnight of being open how it appears to approve so markedly as detailed by others here. I was hugely disappointed with an independent bottling I once tried, so much so that it nearly went down the sink! I gave it the benefit of the doubt and it was if the liquid had undergone a miracle transformation; it had become sublime!
2nd August 2013
If you think of the un-chillfiltered Islay whisky, this lives up to expectations almost 100%. I prefer Tobermory 10 myself, but this has more of that Islay, oily, smoky feel to it. If looking for reasonably priced quality Islay, this is recommended stuff!