Single malt whisky - tasting notes

03 Aug 2012

Ledaig 1973 (The Whisky Fair)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Ledaig

Some time I go I reminded myself of the fact that I really wanted to try a 1970s Ledaig, as they have quite a reputation. So here it is, a Ledaig 1973 bottled for The Whisky Fair in December 2006. Note that the label says “bourbon hogsheads” so it’s probably a twin cask bottling.

 

Ledaig 1973 Whisky FairLedaig 33 yo 1973 (48%, The Whisky Fair 2006, bourbon hogsheads, 281 btl.)

Nose: very complex. It shows jammy fruit notes (yellow plums, apricot, tangerine), some mint, subtle peat and a slightly tangy hint of acrylic paint and mustard. Then an enjoyable bubblegum note as well as farmy notes (especially wet dogs) and wet limestone. Hints of ashes in the background. Not unlike some Brora, but fruitier. Something of lemon scented soap as well, but not as bad as it sounds. Lovely style. Mouth: very chiselled and slightly austere. A curious mix of honey and mustard. Some sweet citrus and apple in the background. Medium peat. Pepper, liquorice, cold smoke. Some coastal notes as well. Again a certain soapy edge and slightly bitter oak. Finish: medium length, on pepper and bitter oranges.

Nice how this Ledaig goes constantly switches between fruity and austere aromas. Overall a bit too sharp for me to get a higher score, but very complex and quite unique. Still available from the Whisky Fair website.

Score: 90/100

Ledaig 1973 (The Whisky Fair) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-08-03
  • Lukas

    Actually this bottling doesn’t seem to be long gone. It’s still available frome the whiskyfair’s website.

  • WhiskyNotes

    You’re right, I didn’t even look there ;-)

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