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Ledaig 10 Year Old

(70cl, 46.3%)

Ledaig 10 Year Old
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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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: 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.

Palate: 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.

Finish: Medium-length and slightly smoky with spice.

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User Reviews of the Ledaig 10 Year Old

Love this

Wonderful scotch! it started out with a peaty smoke and ended with a wonderful salty finish. In the middle you have a melody of wonderful flavor.

9th March 2017

This one surprised me

Don't like the other Islands whisky Talisker that much? But I was pleasantly surprised by this pour. Nice peat and a whiff of iodine. Really liked it. (Actually brought a bottle home with me after the tasting)

30th November 2016


Sweet, lightly peated and full mouthfeel.

7th November 2016

Highly recommend adding some water to get the most out of it

Presentation: The Ledaig 10 Year Old comes in a nice stumpy, clear glass bottle with grey labels with white and silver print. The year of the distillery's founding, 1798, is embossed in glass; as is 'Isle of Mull' and the cork stopper has a great looking image of the Isle of Mull carved into it, resembling an ink stamp. Good mix of modern and classic design elements.

Appearance: Pale orange in colour uninhibited by coloured glass. No indication of E150 caramel colouring being added but the label makes no point of it not being added either. Non-chill filtered and bottled at the telltale 46.3% ABV. Whisky Trivia: The esters commonly removed through chill-filtration are soluble (therefore not visible) in solutions with an ABV of 46% or greater. It is a good indication that the whisky has not been chill-filtered if it is bottled at or above 46% ABV.

Aroma: The smell of that grey partly dirt, diluted salt-water river beach, not the full-on white/yellow sand ocean beach smell. Faint smoke, mud. Citrus, lemon or orange. Addition of water brings the citrus fruit forward and some vanilla.

Flavour: Odd smokiness, like licking a burnout off asphalt. Oak. Addition of water makes for a more pleasant smokiness.

Finish: Medium length, building spice. Bitter right at the end.

Would I buy it again?

I would buy another Ledaig for sure, but perhaps not this 10 Year Old. Ledaig expressions are often released by independent bottlers and there is an 18 Year Old distillery release. I am open to trying these but there are plenty of other peaty whiskies that I prefer over this one. I highly recommend adding some water to get the most out of it.


27th October 2016

The reviews are right, it needs some time open!

First nose and taste was a concern! overall medicinal and spicy, three days later however it changed!

Nose: Wax, mild TCP and oil. Taste: Ginger, Star-Anis, subtle sweetness, Strong Tea, Ham (oddly enough) this was a good thing; it had a strong boiled gammon, moorish finish! very unique

2nd June 2016


I agree with everything the Master of Malt says above. Couldn't add anymore to it.
Not quite an Ardbeg 10, but then again it's not meant to be.
Great value for money............shhhhhhhsshhh keep it a secret.

7th May 2016

beautifully balanced spicy dram

So easy drinking with wonderful smoke and lovely finish. No heat. Likes a big glass like the Ardbeg one. Some water is obligatory to open it up. Malt flavour is very beguiling. Bargain really.

20th April 2016

Only had gotten better.

After trying this dram, and then buying the next in line, the talisker 10, I can say with full effect that this is much more full of the sea than talisker 10. Surprising, but I I like this a lot better

19th April 2016

Wonderful whiskey, full of the ocean.

Excella whiskey with a nice, complex profile. I picked this up as a single in the store with a bottle of dalmore 12 (heavily disappointed) and I must say, out of the two I enjoyed this a lot more.
For me I got exquisite tastes of both brine and smokiness.Took me to a place of saltiness, but a certain warmth that comes with a warm fire beside that crashing sea. Like being on the cliffs beside the ocean. The afternoons are very pronounced. As some say, it really helps to add a drop or two. Opens up some of the flavors previously hidden. Or if you want to wait, you can (obviously I can't wait with a single dram so I wouldn't know. Just assuming). Enjoy this, it surpasses my love for talisker storm.

17th March 2016

Very nice dram

1st time drinking Ledaig, impressed on opening, if it lasts the week in the decanter I'll re-review any improvements, appears cask strength, like that, drank with a bit filtered soft water, a large couple of glasses and a few quick shots, both in crystal cos I'm posh haha not and now its in feeling and appreciating a lot of complex air and aroma.. sea spray saltiness and I've just been climbing the cliffs recently and this is a good reminder..smokey that lingers and is just lovely and distinct..a yearning for more and more of this richness, like a sweet Laphroaig 10 or cask? A nostalgic flavour of thatched smokey croft houses with open fires by the sea..delicious with smoked salmon..reminds you of yr Scotts heritage..enjoying this a lot and should be sampled for the journey and price. Enjoy. Glad I opened this birthday present early, haha.

26th February 2016

Soft Peaty& Gentle

This is a very focus and gentle smoky whisky. It is not as bold as some of the Islay's stuff, but rather light, easy drinking and well balanced with spice and light crisp fruit. Bought it at a local Brooklyn store for around $58 USD. Love the sea-salt brininess. Highly recommended!

21st February 2016


Too much peppers and earth. Taste very rough. I'm disappointed.

11th February 2016

Relatively unheralded but excellent

This is a much better dram than the old version and it is currently my favorite affordable peated whisky. Yes it is quite young and crisp but there is also a freshness that comes with this and it doesn't lack in complexity or smoothness. It possesses a particular mix of smoke and sweetness that reminds me at times of the sherried uigeadail but the overall flavor profile probably sits somewhere between the youthful extremes of Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig 10. It has less muddy peat in the finish than the Laphroaig and less overripe fruit on the nose and finish than Ardbeg. It is in fact quite unique and I prefer it at the moment to both of these great whiskies.

18th January 2016

Save the Ledaig!

Chiming in to reiterate what others have already advised...if the strong initial impressions of iodine/ medicine/ bandaid in nose and taste put you off, let it breath for a week or so. I left it open in the cabinet and gave the bottle a gentle turn every day or so for 6 days. The stong iodine nose and taste gave way to a sweet, smokey vanilla frost-like nose, similar taste with brine, pleasant smoked peat, and smoked meat and light pepper in the finish. Really enjoying this now over the past month or so.

3rd December 2015

Excellent dram

Slightly medicinical, very earthy and strong stuff with delicious hints of smoked bacon.
Highly recommended and a good bang for the buck at 46.3% plus being non-chillfiltered and sans coloring.

10th November 2015


You can't dilute this enough. The spice and smokiness are always there in full bloom.

Great quality for a great price and an adventure for Islay loyalists.

27th October 2015

puts the overpriced Islays firmly in their overpriced place

Age statement, non-chill filtered, perfect strength, this Dram has it all. Cohesive tangy fresh peat with a smooth smokiness and an undertone of quality oak developing into a surprisingly complex but never confused palate and finish, leaving you with a lingering peppery spice. There are a lot of ingredients that make up the Ledaig but I cannot think of a better-balanced dram for this money. What stands out for me is the value; this is similar money to a standard Laphroaig at 40% with its caramel and chill-filtering and a darn sight cheaper than a Lagavulin or a Port Charlotte and although they are fine whiskies in their own right, when it comes value the Ledaig is head and shoulders above either. I'll be back for more

19th May 2015


The smoke is not to strong. Wonderful stuff. Makes a nice gift for your happy hour friends

10th April 2015

Very nice

I love my Islay scotchs and so I decided to buy a bottle of Legaig 10. I find this to be a very good scotch. It is a nice peat with some great smoke flavor. I especially love the pepper finish. This scotch has won it's way to my normal rotation. This tastes like Bowmore with a spicy and peppery finish.

1st March 2015

Indeed, surprisingly good

Nose: Soft, sweat peat. Nice maritime notes, nut oil (the latter is quite nice and dominant).
Palate: Martime peat, medicinal notes, peppery.
Finish: Medium, spice and smoke.
Overall: Very different for the Tobermory, yet still recognizable. Nutty nose and peaty palate.

21st February 2015

First review...wonderful taste and value on this one!

As a regular drinker of the peatier Islay Malts like Ardbeg, I find this a more subtle but still pleasantly smokey experience. Very drinkable with a soft mouth feel. Starts malty with hints of oak and then the oak starts to smoke on you! Lovely peppery finish with a faint citrus zest somewhere in the background.

19th February 2015

Surprisingly good

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

a phenom for the age and th price

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

Beautiful Scotch

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

Honest Islay Experience

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

Breathe baby

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

The mystery transformation

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

Good, but takes time (and air)

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

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

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


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

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

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