What's in a name? Ledaig Single Malt whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Ledaig Single Malt whiskey, rather than whisky.
The nose is quite light and well-balanced. There is a certain freshness, pertained from notes of cut hay and straw, barley sugars and herbs, notes of cereals and melted salty butter on granary toast. The palate is medium-bodied with a richness. There are notes of gentle wood smoke and barley sugars, a farmy note with hints of hay and a roots with a touch of cereal sweetness and caramel. The finish is long and slightly herbal.
As a drinker of peaty Islay and Island malts, I would happily pay £18 for a bottle of this- maybe it doesn't have the intensity and depth but is flavourful and nicely peaty- may be Bowmore light than Laphroaig. Good value
14th August 2014
I can't say this is my favourite in my collection, but for the price of a 70cl, you get a bit more than other contenders at this price. This can't really hold its own with Laphroig and Talisker, but it has its own character.
Doesn't get much better for the money. Ignore at least one reviewer who adds coke to any whisky--what a ********!! Well worth the asking price, but don't expect a £100 bottle for the price asked.
9th August 2014
Tell you what, at this price this is one of the BEST!
So it's not got 'depth', well enjoy it for the OPPOSITE then!
Clean, clear, crisp, fragrant, light, refreshing, smooth, got the idea?
Chuck a block of ice in and enjoy basking in the summer sun or just a drib of soft highland water to release the crisp magic in front of a winter fire.
Tobermory? More like ToberMOREISH! Slàinte!
PS - 20+ year malt drinker/collector with ever growing 'investment collection' if you rate that sort of "This is my CV" kinda thing!
2nd July 2014
This is the only whisky I have ever found to be genuinely undrinkable. Putrid and feinty, a very poorly distilled spirit and whatever maturation process it's went through did absolutely nothing to rescue it.
31st May 2014
I drink a lot of malts and am always surprised by Ledaig which I have been sampling occasionally over the last 12 months. Yes it very peaty, yes it lacks a little on the nose and indeed depth but its still a nice drink. Oh....and of course it is excellent value for money.
24th May 2014
All those who down rate this single malt are either crazy or snobs. Ok so its cheap, pale, and the nose doesn't last all that long. However for under £20 you have a bargain. Ive been drinking single malts for over 10 yrs and would return to this again and again. People slate this with all sorts of unfounded faults but I say this, its a good 'single malt' compared to the trickery of Jura's Superstition, simgle malt? No! Its classed as one but should have a large label warning "blend blend blend". So if you would rarther pay £30 plus for a blend or under £20 for a single malt, I know what I would choose. LeDaig..........
20th May 2014
I love peated whiskey so I gave it a go asits cheap, I wish I hadn't as its one of the roughest drams I've ever had. It's a no from me.
18th May 2014
Ive been drinking whisky for a little over Two years . Ive actually had to limit myself to weekends only as the expense is too high. I am a big fan of Heavily Peated , smokey whisky's. In particular I love the Octomore by Bruichladdich. I enjoy a dram or three of this on the weekends however today i decided i fancied trying something cheap and affordable that i could enjoy during the week as well so i don't have to wait 5 days for the pleasure. After extensive research i decided to give this a try and what a wonderful surprise it was.
Now lets be honest. Naively I've always judged age as an essential part of whisky Buying. WRONG. this tastes phenominal. Its not overly smokey but the subtle pettiness of it is hugely welcome and noticeable. This is a very easy drinking Whisky and well worth the money. Infact you could put £15 on top of this price mark and id still enjoy a dram gladly.
2nd April 2014
At first taste I did not like it. I had tasted nothing quite like it.I carried on and in the end I was enjoying it as it was different. Its great value for money so if you like peated whisky this could be one for you. Worth a try at the price. I will buy it again.
20th March 2014
... to add to above review, which i had not scored. Love the pronunciation too. But far better than any Irish that has danced on my palate
23rd February 2014
Morrisons' surprise a few days ago and a right bargain, but only in comparison with the extortionate prices charged for other single malts. The nose is similar to the Big L and the taste initially satisfies, yet lacks some depth, which perhaps is hinted at by the lesser amber tints thru the glass. Surprised to see it is 42%m when feels like 40%, but it wont last long and on the liver it is just the same as the rest. Can see myself getting a few more down me before Christmas though
I'm not sure what to make of the nose, it's very salty, almost fishy hints. No sweetness at all and there comes the peat. Palate, certainly a touch raw, it's is certainly young but that disapates leaving behind a touch of sweetness previously nowhere to be seen, is there a hint of coriander there? It's actually very interesting certainly well worth 20 quid of anyone's money IMO.
8th February 2014
bought a bottle for £18 too cheap to be true best place for this was down the drain what a joke for true whisky
24th January 2014
I always try to give something different a try rather than sticking to my usual favourites and since I had been given a £10 voucher for a local supermarket I saw the risk as minimal. I put the remaining princely sum of £8 toward the bottle and have to say I would have happily paid the full £18. As a few have already said it's not the most complex dram but I have certainly tasted worse whisky and paid more for the pleasure.
20th December 2013
Got a bottle in Morrisons without having heard of it. It is a young whisky and a bit raw in places but the overall smokey flavour and interesting nose means you keep coming back for another. As the above review says... a grower. DHP
5th December 2013
When I first tasted it I was not keen, as it just had a starnge flavour to me. When I came back to it I started to enjoy it more and more. It is diferent but I would buy it again. Johnny Norfolk.
29th November 2013
I used to like mixing this with older speysides to add a little smoothness to a young whisky. I can't remember it well enough to give it a mark but if you like Peat it's worth a punt.
9th November 2013
Five for value
3rd November 2013
cheekily of course in Glasgow yesterday. Criteria not exported and bit smoky. Great stuff, loved it! Should have bought two bottles to pass Finnish winter.
I picked this up in Morrisons for £18 and thought I was drinking a £50+ plus bottle. Sure, I love Lagavulin but this delivered a young peaty deliciousness that was staggering. I spent a long weekend playing golf in the Hebrides with this in the hip flask and even my brother, who is not much of a drinker, thought this was tremendous. Redolent of the finest part of Scotland and an incredible bargain.
1st October 2013
Couldn't believe it was £17 a bottle, so had to have one. Far better than any number of blends which are only slightly cheaper.
4th July 2013
Been watching these reviews and have bought a bottle out of sheer interest! This is a young spirit and lacks the wholesome, mellow flavours and textures we come to love with aged malts. Conversely, it does have a character all of its own, although it's not to my taste. The price? Excellent! Value for money? Very good! A good whisky? Not really, but each to their own, and certainly not worth the slating it got above. When all's said and done, at this price, if you like it - result! If you don't - no harm done!
27th May 2013
Negative reviews..ignore them and try it,and you will return to it again when the price drops below £20 on the supermarket shelf.Taste the smokey flavour.
7th May 2013
I agree with the the previous reviewer - I finished my bottle with coke. Go for the 10 year old and you'll find out what this one's missing!
3rd May 2013
I think the very low price has clouded everyone's judgement. This is not a very good whisky and its immaturity is most apparent. The palate is unpleasant, containing all the harsh flavours one would expect to disperse or mellow during the maturation process. Add another fiver and get an Old Pulteney or Highland Park - an improvement of several orders of magnitude.
2nd May 2013
Quite subtle and an ideal introduction to peated malts (Island Malts). It's quite a young whisky and as such it's cheap. Slightly strange to drink whisky which is almost the same colour as the water which one puts into it!! The lack of colour gives away its young age.
16th April 2013
See the review above - I don't get too much smoke, just the peat. A bargain of a malt - get it now before it appreciates!!
13th April 2013
Or rather the label.
No pretence, very satisfying, peated single malt.
And change from a score.
Honestly, gents - what more do you want?
12th April 2013
Firstly, a word to all the reviewers above who have been going on about Islay: do your homework, this is NOT an Islay malt. It is, as the descriptor clearly says, from Tobermory, Mull. I don't think it can be compared with Islay malts, any more than Speyside can be compared with Highland.
My first introduction to Ledaig was when I bought it as a birthday present for a friend a few years ago. We cracked it open and did it justice. Later that year, I bought a bottle for myself. Last month, I bought another bottle for myself. It's not a complex single malt, very young, with that smoky rubber on the nose which is often associated with young peated malts. I get bitter tomato on the nose as well, while the palate is dominated with slightly acrid peat and faint sweet malt. The finish is lingering smoke and not much else. It's a simple malt, but that's not a criticism. It's functional, practical and well-made, like a pair of Hunter welly-boots. This no-age-statement dram is great for times when I just want to sit back and enjoy a whisky, without the compelling urge to analyse it and write copious tasting notes.
6th April 2013
At this price don't hesitate.
15th March 2013
Seriously, I'm relatively new to appreciating whisky and finding my way very slowly (due to a lack of funds mainly!). Is this really a 9/10 dram when similar ratings are achieved by Ardbeg for example. Cheers is advance whisky lovers! Bob.
13th March 2013
I love Laphroig but it can be a bit to much sometimes. Lighter and more of an everyday single malt whilst retaining the smoky peatiness of Islay malts. That good and all for well under £20. My favorite this winter. Cheers!
2nd March 2013
This tasted like horse shit on a rainy monday morning, ps Islay is naff
26th February 2013
This was indeed a great bargain, like a lighter laphroaig/connemara hybrid. Nose: Hay, sweet liquorice, grassy peat. Taste: Light Peat surge grassy to citrus-peat, with barn-hay/fireside and a barley citrus/ peaty finnish. A surprise!
13th February 2013
Smokey to smell like a open Pub fire in winter. Smokey for the first taste.Wonderful !!!! and the best for the money.Beets anything at under Twenty squid. All ways gone for a Speyside.But OH !!! what is this.
11th February 2013
I actually , Believe it or NOT , won this in a raffle ! WOW - What a find, usually like laphroig, but this is much milder with a kinder after tast but still plenty of kick in the right place with a nice hearwarming afterglow. AN ABSOLUTE BARGAIN MALT !
1st February 2013
Love the smoky peaty note, quite complex for a cheap whiskey. I would have given it a ten but for a slight clove note that hits the back of my tongue. But 9 for a supermarket bargain wow..
9th November 2012
Got a bottle when visiting the Tobermory Distillery. Smoky, flavorful.Reminds me of the peat smoke one would smell while travelling the isles. My new favorite way to time travel.
18th July 2012
Still can't beleve how nice it is for under £20!
It is up there with Abelour and Jura, a great find.
10th July 2012
Bought 4 bottles at £15 a bottle!! fantastic bargain, lovely drink, peaty but not so heavy as others from islay. Highly recommended
28th May 2012
a lovely drink, peaty, not too strong like other sister tipples. A very pleasant swallow.
Bought this in the local supermarket. Thought I would give it a go as i was tempted by the peat notes on the box somewhat looking like a cheap copy of Talisker packaging. In a nutshell ~ I've drunk whisky costing more but not as nice. Still has the character of a young whisky but very drinkable. I tried black bottle as a budget peat tipple but the grain in the blend just puts me off. This whisky is for someone like me who likes to buy a single malt and drink it in about 4 weeks and not feel too worried about cost. Id love a bottle of lagavulin but i know once it was gone i would feel guilty ~ after all it spent 16 yrs in cask and i drank it in about 16 pours.... Very pleasant whisky for the price and will definitely buy again.
27th November 2010
Not as heavy as Laphroaig but very nice and is one to be savoured. I will certainly buy this again.
30th October 2010