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Highlands & Islands up to 12yo - 2013
Scotch Single Malt - Island - 2013
Insider knowledge: Ledaig 10 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Ledaig 10 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
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.
I wrote the 'surprisingly good' review. I've now tried the cask strength Ledaig, only available directly from a cask in the TWE shop. This c/s Ledaig that makes 10yo Ledaig look ordinary. The draught Ledaig is truly fabulous. It's probably even better cask strength Caol Ilas (my hitherto favourite).
8th August 2014
I'd not even heard of this till this month. But what an enjoyable whisky, and what remarkable value. Pleasantly dry and satisfying, not at all bland.
6th May 2014
Terrific malt. High concentration of fruit with the smoke and peat coming late. Very complex for its age. A lipstick waxiness hides teh character for the first few seconds. Mouth coating when combined with food. This malt loves swiss cheese. A partnership made in heaven. I collect older whiskys and this one has made it to my every day drinking bin.
3rd May 2014
Ghastly, went down the sink
12th February 2014
Goes great with water or without. The smoke is perfectly balanced with the salt/pepper finish. I go through probably more of these than I should do but its such a damn fine drop.
22nd January 2014
Fantastic drop this one. On top of the sea salt and pepperyness that others have chimed in, the smokiness has a real cigar feel to it along with notes of riding leather. Great neat, add some water and bring some of the sweetness out.
6th October 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!
28th September 2013
Like the others have said, knock the top off and leave it alone for a week or so. What a difference it makes. This little beauty is one of my favourites.
3rd September 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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