Review: Ledaig 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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10 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Tobermory (Tobermory, Scotland)

Ledaig whiskies are the brand of peated whiskies produced by Tobermory - a full 50% of Tobermory's production goes towards Ledaig. It was first introduced in 1996, and it is made from malt peated to 35-40 ppm at Port Ellen maltings. Ledaig translates to "Safe Haven".

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2015

Huge smoky nose, with some green cardamom and anise seed mixed in. BBQ chips. This malt is known for being a bit farmyard-y – indeed it is! A good bit of mineral character to it as well. Great peat. Slightly dry, and rich as well. A light sweetness comes through as well – a terrific, smoky malt nose. And some maritime characteristics as well. Seashells. Quite savory.

The palate is rich, with lots of sharp, mineral peat and underlying sweetness. Terrific. Layers of smoke, charred/smoky BBQ aromas, soot, vanilla, green fennel, and a touch of caraway.

Earthy peat on the finish, still with a fair bit of herbal and herbal spice (i.e. fennel seed, celery seed) type flavours. Very nice, and a big, bold finish. I like it a lot more than the unpeated Tobermory.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High at $68. But not high value if you don’t like peat!

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 1921007L 512:1919032

  • Bottling Date: ~2019

Big, dry, ashy peat. Very nice, very sharp. Smoking leaves, woodsmoke, vanilla, stale oat cakes, and a bit of iodine. I really like the nose. It has a nice, appealing, raw-ness. The palate leads with lots of smoke, ash, a deep mineral character, and lingering, clingy peat. Dark chocolate too, and some dried peach which really brings it all together. The finish has a bit of tobacco, wet fall leaves, smoke, and baking spice. Light tannin. A winner – I love the stuff!

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, simply because this is probably the lowest of the good peated Scotch! $70 in Canada.