Ledaig 8yo (2001/2010) The Nectar

Salty Dog

I've developed a taste for young Ledaigs. I'll admit I didn't care much for anything Tobermory produced and still don't for anything bottled under the latter name. Young independent Ledaigs as it turns out play in a whole other league. Apart from often being dirt cheap, they also prove to be great daily sippers. That is once you've learned to relish the lightly peated profile with its salty rough style.

ledaig 20012Description: light gold in colour, bottled at 61.0% ABV, maturation cask unknown.

Nose: clean and sharp: perfume of the wild open seas, washed up seaweed, fresh oysters with a pinch of lemon, a touch of peat and some raw dough.

Mouth: light bodied, warm and burning (61% ABV!) notes of citrus at first taste, descends into an aroma of peat and hot tar, with a touch of chocolate.
(with water added: earthier notes, additional peat smoke, more clarity overall)

Finish: long and radiant finish with notes of medicinal peat.

 

The Verdict: A beautiful maritime malt which perfectly captures the spirit of the Scottish Isles, born in peat smoke and salted by sea spray. I can only recommend this stunner of a whisky. Never thought I’d ever give a Tobermory product a 90+ score!
Score: 92

Nose: 23

Taste: 24
Finish: 22 Balance: 23
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house