Let’s start off by saying… yes, I know some of the reviews on the blog here are of whiskies that are totally unaffordable for most people, myself included (I just get samples to try). So here’s a review of a whisky that’s affordable, and good! Shocker eh.
Ledaig – 1993 (17yo) – Connoisseurs Choice – 43%
Refill sherry, giving a light golden colour.
Nose is fairly light, maybe a little closed, but there’s sweet light peat smoke notes with winter fruits and malt, a nice gentle start to what is often quite a beefy smoke monster. There’s a nicely sherried background that seems well integrated to the soft peat.
The palate is warming, well balanced between peat mosses and sweet (PX?) sherry fruits.
The finish is warming and long, the interchange between fruit and smoke carries on for a long while leaving a refreshing note.
A very pleasurable dram, nice easy peat; not in your face Islay peat, but mossy easy peat of elsewhere (Mull!). Nice, relaxing. 89.
Sample kindly sent to me by my friends at The Green Welly Stop.
Although this is a discontinued bottling, it’s still available from various places including:
Scottish Whisky Store – £31.47 (at time of review)
The Cheese and Wine Shop – My local store in Wellington, Somerset – £35.99