Ledaig 10 (Signatory Vintage 2004/2015 Cask 900172) Review

This is a 10 year Ledaig that was matured in first-fill sherry butt and bottled at 61.6% ABV.

Nose: Spiced fruits, dark sherry notes, plenty of peat typical to Ledaigs of this age, dark chocolate, marzipan, and plums.

Palate: Smoked meats with a very pungent peat, ketchup, brown sugar, and some very muted stewed fruits.

Finish: Bitter smoke and oak as sherry and peat fade quickly.

Rating: 84/100 – For being matured in a first-fill cask, the sherry had a really hard time punching through the thick layer of peat and smoke leaving me wanting more from a balance perspective.

Value for the money: I bought into a bottle split at roughly a $120 bottle valuation or so, and I’d probably pass on a bottle at that price. Would like to see this closer to $90-$100 to bring it in line with other younger Ledaig IBs.

Ledaig 13 (Gordon & MacPhail 2000/2014 Binny’s Selection Cask #69) Review

This is a 13 year Ledaig bottled by G&M at 56.9% ABV that was selected by Binny’s.

Nose: Pungent peat with slightly rubbery and muted floral notes. Citrus notes lurk in background.

Palate: Strong peat here with lemon juice and vanilla pudding. Heavy ash note amidst a very young oak.

Finish: Ashy peat remains dominant with a splash of grapefruit juice.

Rating: 83/100 – The citrus notes throughout really help cut the strong peat and help balance this out nicely.

Value for the money: This was $70 at Binny’s, and I think that’s a pretty fair price.

 

Ledaig 16 (Cadenhead Small Batch) Review

This is a 16 year Ledaig from Cadenhead that was matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled at 56% ABV.

Nose: Smoked meats and barbecue sauce (heavier on the vinegar), smoke, a healthy dose of peat, and wet clay.

Palate: Smoked meats persist with burnt oak and the peat really ramping up here.

Finish: As the smoke notes fade, the peat really takes over with oak lingering along with hot spices.

Rating: 82/100 – This is my second Ledaig, and I don’t like this one quite as much as the younger Ledaig I reveiwed yesterday, but it definitely has a unique characteristic compared to other commonly peated malts.

Value for the money: I paid $89 for this which is a pretty fair price overall, but I won’t buy another at that price.

SMWS 42.17 “Beachcomber’s Dram” (Ledaig 9) Review

This is a 9 year Ledaig from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society which was matured in a refill hogshead and bottled at 60.9% ABV.

Nose: Blackberry jam, like putting your nose in a box of sun-maid raisins – very raisin heavy surprisingly. Pungent peat and musty cardboard.

Palate: Again, persistent raisins – if I didn’t see the color in the glass, I would’ve thought this was a sherry finished malt. Dark fruits and damp oak round out this young profile.

Finish: Strong vegetal notes with thick raisin – smacks of more of a manzanilla type sherry here.

Rating: 87/100 – An interesting, young Ledaig that displays some odd sherry like qualities which go very well with the strong, young peat profile.

Value for the money: This is $100 at the SMWSA shop which is about as cheap as they will go for a bottle. It’s obviously a stiff price for a 9 year, but it’s worth it in this case. Ideally, this would be priced at maybe $75-$80 though.