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Ledaig 12 Year Old Discovery

Ashes & Soot

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

24th Oct 2021


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
  • Overall

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The new entry level range from G&M was dubbed Discovery. This Ledaig, the peated version of Tobermory, appeared in this series in 2018. It’s a mix of both bourbon and sherry casks and was bottled at drinking strength.

This nose is very good. Very aromatic and round. Up front I get some oak wood – simply freshly sawed planks – but that is soon joined and balanced by lovely notes of citrus and vanilla, overripe banana and cookie dough. Opposite that I also get some umami traits like sauerkraut (!) and dried ham. A soft trace of woodsmoke gives additional depth. Very good indeed!

The body is a tad loo light for me. But the taste is just fine. All kinds of sweetness like vanilla, banana and toffee against woodsmoke, peat, the juice in which olives are kept in a jar and liquorice. Throw in some black pepper and nutmeg. Halfway through the obligatory ashes and soot appear.

Those ashes persist in the medium long finish, joined by a fresh touch of lime juice.

You would expect these entry level malts to be less complex than their predecessors in the Connoisseur Choice series, but that is not the case at all. This is very, very good stuff.

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