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Last bottled in 2003, I was lucky to score this one in the shop closest to my house for a good price. I must admit, I'm a bit biased, I love Ledaig, and everything they made so far. After a few young ones it was nice to taste this spirit a little older.
Appearance: Looks natural although the box and the bottle reveal nothing.
Nose: Nice, lots of farmy smells, like flowery peat, horse saddle muskiness and dry smoke of burning haystacks. Also fresh oak, waxy spirit, green herbs basilicum
Palate: Very slow arrival, but when it comes it comes. Big juicy honey, salted cashewnuts, that yeasty Ledaig buttery barley character, warm banana cake with cream, smouldering peat, fresh herbs and ashes. Everything from the nose is expressed (and then some) on the palate and even after 15 years the spirit shines bright. Its summery and optimistic, not dark and gloomy.
Finish: Herby peat, light tobacco and smoke linger on in a nice peppery glow for about 10 minutes.
edit: finish took longer than 10 minutes, after drinking a beer and eating bread I still taste the herbs and the peat.
Just wonderful whisky, right into my sweetspot. Yes, it would have been better at 46% but I fear we're not going to see very much older Ledaig on the market the coming years, so I'll be saving this for the -could be any day- special moments.