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.