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Ledaig 10 Year Old

KWM 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar - Day 4

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@talexanderReview by @talexander

4th Dec 2020

1

  • Nose
    21
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    21
  • Balance
    21
  • Overall
    85

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I had thought for sure I had reviewed this one at some point, but I hadn't - the only Ledaig I ever wrote up was a Cadenhead's Duthies 13yo (and scored it an 84). This is their standard 10yo expression - I think at some point they upped the ABV from 43 to 46.3%.

The colour is a pale straw. Really peaty on the nose - more so than I remembered - and quite malty as well, with green apple, nutmeg, liquorice all-sorts and vanilla. Quite medicinal. Water adds lemon zest. I like it but for me the peat overwhelms the other notes a little. Could use a bit more complexity.

On the palate there is some honey and vanilla sitting side-by-side with the peat, as well as green banana, prosciutto and brine. Medicinal, just as it is on the nose - again, those peaty notes could use a bit more layering. Water gives it a bit more balance.

The finish is, well, peaty but also shows allspice, vanilla bean and more banana. This is one of those examples of a dram that, despite being well aware of its shortcomings (lack of complexity and being pretty much a one-trick pony), I like it. I like peat, so hey I like this one. There's nothing wrong with it - but there's not much more going on here than in a standard dram of Black Bottle or Islay Mist.

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1 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

I usually grab one of these if I see it at the right price (usually around $70-$75 Can). It's a nice, easy drinking non-Islay peated malt. I think you are right on at 85 points.

11 months ago 0

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