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.