This Ledaig 12 year old with its quirky label is bottled by the Daily Dram and it’s part of a relatively new series from the bottler.

“Classics with a twist” is the name of this new series. which consists of 6 different bottles. All labels in this series refer to a famous painting. And as an art lover, I think these bottles are really cool! On the label of this Ledaig, we see a twist of the Girl with the Pearl Earring. Surely the most famous painting by the great Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.⁠

Until now, however, I have never been able to admire that painting in real life. It was on my list for last year, but like many other things in 2020 and now still, it never happened. But, we’ll just make another attempt later this year.

Anyway, I’m digressing. let’s go back to this Ledaig. It was distilled in 2008 in the Tobermory Distillery, which is located on the Isle of Mull. Bottled at a strength of 53.4% ABV.

Ledaig 12 year old tasting notes:

Nose: vegetal peat. A touch of bonfire smoke. A sour note which reminds me of gooseberries. Also quite some vanilla. And a bit of chalk. leaves. And a damp earthy note. Mushrooms too. Later also lemons.

Taste: sweet peat on the arrival, mixed with a lemon note. A hint of barley sugar and vanilla. An earthy note. Caramel in the back. A pinch of black pepper and plenty of fresh ginger. A little bit of liquorice too.

Finish: short to mid-long with peat, that earthy note again. Black pepper, ginger and liquorice.

Ledaig as it should be, with those typical Ledaig flavours. So no twist there. 😉 It’s not very complex but it’s just really nice. Slightly lacking something in the finish though. It was released at the end of 2020, but it’s still available in a few places.