Okay, folks, strangely enough, this is my first review of a Ledaig here on Whiskylifestyle and I was surprised by it myself! I love Ledaig, but I have only been discovering the brand for about a year and I haven’t bought a bottle of it very often, so perhaps it is because of that. Anyway, my first review is about this Ledaig 2006, bottled by Gordon & MacPhail.
The Ledaig we have here is 12 years old and has matured its entire life in a 1st fill sherry hogshead. Something you wouldn’t say if you see the above photo, but in reality, this single malt is much darker in colour. The strength of this Ledaig is 58.2% ABV.
Ledaig 2006 tasting notes:
Nose: Smoke, smoked ham, and a hint of gun powder too. Then it gets sweeter, honey and caramel. Seaweed, but mushrooms too. It gets a bit more earthy the longer you leave it standing. This is followed by toffee and Earl Grey tea.
Taste: Salty but with a sweet note from honey and it has quite a thick mouthfeel. Lovely. A layer of smoke but less than you would expect from the nose. Caramel and chocolate. Forest fruits. And some earthy tones too.
Finish: The finish is long and somewhat fruity. Earl grey tea. And a hint of citrus.
Oh, I really like this one. There is a nice interaction between the smoke and the sherry cask. The flavours keep changing in both nose and taste and it feels much thicker than you would expect from a 12-year-old. Very tasty.
Sample provided by Gordon & MacPhail.