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25 Aug 2010

Ledaig 2005 (Berry Bros cask #900008)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Ledaig

Another Ledaig, distilled in 2005 this time so only 4 years old. The colour already tells you that it’s different from yesterday’s Ledaig 2001/2010 by The Nectar of the Daily Drams – this one was matured in a sherry cask.

There has been some debate about the high scores of these Ledaigs on Whiskyfun. As the price was reasonable, they sold out immediately (as often the case). Many people seem to forget our tastes are all different, so don’t get carried away and please, never trust reviewers (wink).


Ledaig 2005/2010 - Berry Bros Ledaig 4 yo 2005 (62,7%, Berry Bros & Rudd 2010, sherry butt #900008)

Nose: a typical young marriage of heavy peat and heavy sherry. Orangettes (orange filled chocolate), some tobacco. Whiffs of gouache. Lots of smoke and burnt biscuits rather than the plain earthy peat from yesterday’s Ledaig. Some briney notes. Sweet hints of red fruit marmalade and dark syrup. Some ginger. Water highlights soot, canvas fabric and a blackberry fruitiness. Mouth: again very peaty, this time with a bigger spicy component (pepper and ginger). Hints of toffee. Burnt pieces of meat. Coffee and bitter chocolate in the end. Water makes it slightly mentholated and even more sooty. Finish: long, smoky with a sweet edge.

Quite an aggressive malt – all of its dials are turned to maximum power. Indeed quite similar to the rapidly matured Port Charlottes of last year. Still not completely my taste (I’m quite a wuss you know…) but the sherry certainly adds depth and width compared to yesterday’s Ledaig. Around € 45.

Score: 86/100

Ledaig 2005 (Berry Bros cask #900008) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2010-08-25
  • Charlie

    Ruben, was it too punchy for you?

  • Ruben

    It’s not extremely alcoholic if that’s what you mean. But it’s very invasive and the soot leaves little place for other flavours.

  • Charlie

    I see. Still a rather young whisky. It is nice to have a second credible opinion (wink back). Thanks.

  • Tim F

    I liked this one a lot. Not exactly subtle, but it presses the right buttons (very hard) and is certainly the most charming Ledaig I’ve come across.

  • aw

    Certainly impressive for such a young whisky and a very interesting bottling. I’m enjoying it, but I wouldn’t buy another bottle.

    Not completely sold out at the time of writing… LFW has it in stock.

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  • Raphael

    Well, the maniacs who rated it 90+ did taste it blind, so there must indeed be something to this expression. I think when people got carried away it did them no harm.



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