Today should get interesting. As some of you might know, I am not exactly the biggest fan of the Ledaig 10 Years Old. While I definitely can appreciate its “in-your-face-attitude”, I think it is just a bit too rough and undefined overall, at least for my taste. So basically it is just not really my cup of tea – or should I say dram of whisky?
I have yet to taste a older Ledaig, but I could image that the spirit really benefits from some more years in a cask. With that being said, I was a little more than just skeptical about today’s Ledaig 2008/2015 from Signatory Vintage’s ‘The Un-Chillfiltered Collection’ given its young age of 7 years.
But little did I know that my skepticism was completely unfounded.
|Bottling Series:||‘The Un-Chillfiltered Collection’|
|Age:||7 Years Old|
|Category:||Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|Cask No:||31 + 32|
A delicate triumvirate of cold coal smoke, smoked beef and a whiff of iodine. Followed by vanilla and a few lemon drops. Roasted cocoa beans, filter coffee and dark wild berries in the back. There is also something that reminds me of furniture polish.
Starts with a lot of chocolate, followed by rose pepper and dark fruits. Again filter coffee. Not as much smokiness as in the nose. Only hints of cold and dry smoke.
Medium with a slightly dryness and touches of spices. Ends with dark berries.
What a pleasant surprise! A really nice dram despite the young age. Very balanced from start to finish and way smoother than expected.
Score: 86 / 100
Sample provided by whic.de