Crann means as much as 'tree' in Gaelic (and Irish), which is ‘boom’ in Flemish. It was therefore easy to choose the name for the whisky club from the Antwerp municipality of Boom. And occasionally they also have something bottled for the club members, such as this 10-year-old Ledaig that came on the market in 2017. After the regular maturation in bourbon barrels, it got a finish on a PX octave, such a small and often super active cask. Let's see if the boys and girls from Boom know what they are doing.
Ledaig's DNA is already present: a touch of dirt with a lot of peat. The influence of sherry is under control and offers orangettes, apricot jam and cloves. The crust of a well-aged cheese and a buttered croissant. For a moment there is the smell of your sink,but fortunately that quickly disappears. All in all, a pleasant and balanced nose.
On the palate it becomes really fascinating. Nice and oily and creamy, spicy (black pepper, sea salt, nutmeg, paprika) and a great balance between on the one hand the peat (which is quite large and generates a lot of smoke), on the other hand the sherry with its sweetness in the form of apricot pastry, candied orange and a hint of chestnuts. Good stuff, indeed!
The finish lasts forever, stays nice and spicy and smoky until the end.
The boys and girls of Boom do know what they are doing. Great cask selection. Thanks for the sample, Mathias.