Review #29: Ledaig 10 Year
Region: Island (Isle of Mull)
Age: 10 Year
Price: $8/dram (at a bar)
Color: 0.6, Old Gold. Natural Color and Non-Chill Filtered.
Nose: Talk about smoke! This is the smokiest dram I’ve had since I tried the Ardbeg Uigeadail. Smokey wood, smokey peat, and just smoke in general make this up.
Palate: What else can you expect from a dram with a nose like this one? It’s close to being liquid smoke—again, much like the Uigeadail. Unlike the Ardbeg, there are some delicious and delicate notes hiding behind the smoke curtain. You get some vanilla, caramel, and dried green apples along with some malt sweetness. Absolutely delicious.
Finish: The finish on this is medium-long filled with some delicious sweet smoke. You can really feel go down your throat and it’s really smooth. A lot of it gets up in your nose (clears the sinuses really well) and I can’t help but imagine this is what a barbecue pitmaster must get to smell all the time. Beyond the smoke, there’s some sea salt and something bitter that’s like burnt tar. The sea salt is nice, the tar is a bit offputting.
Conclusion: I’ve never seen a bottle of this stuff before and I was really surprised to find it at the bar inside of the liquor stores local to me. I’ve made a few comparisons to /r/Scotch’s favorte Ardbeg Uigeadail and I really think they’re pretty similar. The nose is almost identical for me, but the palate is where I thought this one really shined. Not only do you get the peat and smoke, there are some really delicious and nuanced layers of flavor that I didn’t expect to find. My biggest criticism of the Uigeadail was that the palate was a bit boring and this one really steps up in that regard. The tar right at the end of the dram is a shame as it almost ruined the dram for me. It’s not as bad with a bit of water in it but I really wish it wasn’t there. Overall, I enjoyed this a lot and I’ll be keeping an eye out for one on the shelf to take home with me.
Final Score: 83
Scotch whisky review #29, Island review #3, Whisky Network Review #39
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection.
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead