Ledaig 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Ledaig, produced at the Tobermory Distillery and owned by Burn Stewart Distillers, has released a new permanent addition to the Ledaig core range of whiskies, the Ledaig 18 Year Old. Like its younger sibling, this offers an island style malt balancing sweet barley and sherry notes with ''sea'' and smoke.
Tasting note: Burnished copper. Well defined, if a little understated, with an unusual medley of ginger bread, cocoa, latex and wet rock over a peaty undercurrent that’s emphasised after aeration as lanolin and fruit’n’nut chocolate. A big boned dram: dense dried fruits are carried by a peaty, peppery surge. Lanolin, roasted nuts and smokey dark chocolate in the aftertaste, follow through with excellent persistence. Peaty, yes, but think Longrow more so than your typical 'Island profile'. Non chill filtered. 46.3% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews... This 18 year old variant of Ledaig from Tobermory distillery on Mull was released in spring 2015 and is finished in oloroso sherry casks. Old warm leather predominates on the early nose, with salt, pencil shavings, a suggestion of asphalt, and dried fruit. Big fruit and spicy peat notes on the robust palate, which features sherry and a sprinkling of brine. Drying slowly, with licorice and marginally tannic oak behind persistent smoke.
86 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by Gavin Smith, Fall 2016