Ledaig 6yo (2008/2014) Signatory Vintage

Dirty Dog

 

From the Un-Chillfiltered Collection of Signatory Vintage and bottled for The Nectar, comes this challenging whisky. Though matured in a refill sherry hogshead, it is by far the palest whisky I’ve ever seen. Some classify it as white wine, I would rather say sake or young genever. You could easily trick your boss in believing your drinking a glass of water.

 

ledaig2008Nose: Salty, Smoky and Sour. A feral nose full of saltwater and sauerkraut, with an aura of rough dough, wine vinegar, lighter fluid and a whiff of smoke from a wet deadwood fire.

Mouth: a light and sharp body, with a balance of olive oil and sea salt on the palate, with notes of thyme and soft vanilla, along a touch of peat.

Finish: medium to short, slightly spicy, rosemary, a smidgen of garlic and peat reek

 

The Verdict: Rough, untamed, unpolished and coarse, almost obscene. But I simply adore it. The nose is ravishing, though the palate may be a bit weak in comparison and that shows in the score. Another great one from Tobermory and I got another sherry matured Ledaig by Signatory waiting in storage. It might not be for everyone, but it is an extremely interesting whisky, that is definitely worth checking out and that at a great price. Only €36 for a bottle!
Score: 88

Nose: 24

Taste: 20
Finish: 22 Balance: 22
   < 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