Established in 1798, ours is the only distillery on Mull and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. It is unique, not just because of its idyllic location, but because it produces two different, but equally alluring, single malts: the fruity, unpeated Tobermory and the more robust and smoky Ledaig.
Today I am tasting Ledaig 13 YO Amontillado Cask Finish. The whisky has been matured for ten years in bourbon casks and then given a finish for three years in Amontillado casks. It is bottled at cask strength 59,2 ABV. This is what they say about their whisky:
This limited edition Ledaig has a complex sweet and savoury flavour, combining our peated spirit from the Isle of Mull with the sherried sweetness from Amontillado casks from the Montilla region of Spain.
A peppery, smoky Ledaig laced with smooth, rich fruit and caramel flavours. It’s a take on a classic you’ll love just as much.
And here is what I say:
A sour peat meets the nose. Earthy. It’s like walking in a forest when the sun is shining after heavy rain. Then I get the smell of cooked vegetables like potatoes, swede and parsley. The sour peatiness is dominating on the palate. Salty and peaty, maybe a bit meaty. The finish is salty and spicy. A tingling sensation and the taste of ginger soda. Something sweet joins the spices in the very end.
My score: nose 18 / taste 18 / finish 21 / balance 21 = 78