Ledaig 6yo (2005/2012) Riverstown

The Dragon

An alternative title: ‘Hot burning sulphured egg’

I happened upon a description of this particular whisky on the whiskyfun website. And the description was so utterly fascinating that I just had to trace down a sample (no whole bottles to be found). This whisky was appointed a bronze medal by the maltmaniacs back in 2012. Not bad but the individual points on the scorecard paint a more intriguing picture. Highest score: 91, lowest 47. Now that should be a result that triggers a few alarms, not?

a 6yo Ledaig, matured in a sherry cask and bottled by Riverstown (Blackadder) at 64%.

ledaig2005Nose: stinging alcoholic fumes, at first it’s even a challenge to get your nose close to the glass . A frail fleeing whiff of sherry and yes those boiled eggs, wood stain, sulphur smoke from used matches and cashew.
(with water added: less eggs, more sulphur smoke, fermenting grass clippings and kiwi)

Mouth: an alcoholic bite, tastes like ash water on the palate, drying your mouth. In a sublayer you'll find some notes of lemon squash, barley and burned biscuits.
(with water added: overall gentler on the palate with enhanced bitter notes of orange peel)

Finish: long and drying: like having to work your way through a whale of a cigar, knowing that you bit off more than you could chew, but you just don’t have the heart to admit it. A bit of coconut in the tail helps it go down.


The Verdict: wow, what happened here? This is amazing stuff. What am I saying? It is glorious!
There is no way that this Ledaig would ever appeal to the occasional whisky drinker, if Blackadder hadn’t bought this cask, it would probably have been poured down the sewer.

It hits me where I live: utterly divine obscenity in a bottle.
For the rest of the evening I felt like an old dragon breathing sulphur smoke from his nostrils.

Score: 91

Nose: 24

Taste: 23
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