Review No.81. Ledaig 10 Year Old

If you search for Ledaig distillery you will not be able to find it.  That is because this is a peated version of Tobermorys’ 10 year single malt.  I do not know much about the distillery apart from it being located on the Isle of Mull.  There are numerous versions of Ledaig but the most notable ones from their core range is this 10 year old and the 18 year old.  They have a 42 year old which I doubt I will ever get to try.  There are a number of other bottles aged between the 10 and 18 finished in a variety of casks.  This 12 year old is presented at 46.3%, not chill filtered and not coloured – which is nice.


Whisky: Ledaig 10 Year Old Single Malt, 46.3%

Nose: Soft sweet peat, bacon, pears, orange, ginger, vanilla, sea salt

Taste: Tangy pears, brine, ginger, orange, aniseed

Finish: Long, tobacco, pepper, citrus, sea salt

Score: 3.75

Summary: Well I wasn’t expecting that. This is really good stuff.  I have always sat on the fence when it comes to peated whiskies.  Some have been quite good and others OK.  I have never hated any nor been amazed by any.  Ledaig 10 has just changed that.  This has a lot going on.  It is clean, crisp and complex.  The balance of the peat and fruity flavours is just spot on for me.  The tobacco element towards the end makes a wonderful change from the oak bitterness I get on most finishes.  This is just really good whisky and gives those lot on Islay a run for their money. I am going to waste no time in getting a bottle of the 18 year old.


Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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