Ledaig 10yo (2004/2015) The Ultimate

Cradled in Sherry

Time to pop open another cask strength battle from the Ultimate range of Van Wees. That smell of burned rubber and salt is so familiar. It is the gem better known as Ledaig, from the shores of Mull. To tame this beast the Dutch bottler chose a fresh sherry cask and polished off some of the rougher edges. But as most of us know by now. There is no putting a leash on a pure Ledaig fresh from the barrel. May god have mercy on my souls,… and throat.

ledaigDescription: distilled in 2004, matured for 10 years in sherry cask # 900174 and bottled in 2015 for the Ultimate line of Dutch bottler Van Wees.

Nose: oh she is a dirty girl, more beast than spirit. Peat and sulphur meet sea salt and pine needles, underneath a few notes of cooked ham, blueberries, rubber with a drop of pear juice and a whiff of copper.

Mouth: it is grand, hot ashes pouring in your mouth and down your throat, earthy peat and sherry, dark chocolate, red fruits, a touch of salt, crispy bacon, cigar tobacco, spiced up with a nugget of nutmeg and a dash of grey pepper.

Finish: drying, red fruits with a sour touch citrus, but mostly tobacco leaves lingering on for quite a while.

The Verdict: what can I say, I just love the rough ledaig profile cradled in sherry. These bottles are true gems, don’t hesitate to purchase.

Score: 87

Nose: 22

Taste: 22
Finish: 21 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