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This Ledaig came from the warehouses of Malts of Scotland (German Indie). It was distilled on 24th March 1997 and bottled in October 2010 after a maturation of 13 years in a bourbon hogshead. The cask had a yield of 303 bottles (and some miniatures). I got this sample from a special box with 6 Malts of Scotland whiskies in tubes of 2,5cl, that I bought in The Hague in Holland.
Ah, the nose meets the expectations. Very peaty and farmy. A little earthy, too. If I were to taste this blind, I might easily have mistaken it for an Ileach (it reminds me quite a bit of Caol Ila, in fact). After the initial whiff, some more aromas emerge: gas station (diesel vapours) and a touch of seaweed. But I also get white fruits such as apples and pears. Very complex and utterly enjoyable nose. Adding a few drops of water highlights the fruit, but also brings out chalk and charcoal.
The whisky gives you a kick to the teeth, because of the high ABV. I'm reminded of a beach barbecue. Adding water (which is not a bad thing, I find, even though it's drinkable undiluted), makes it sweeter and suppresses the maritime aromas somewhat.
The finish is very long and ends in a salty note (undiluted). With a bit of water, the finish remains warm and lingering.
While my first Ledaig (an 1993 8 Year Old from Signatory) left me in doubt a bit, this one completely restored my faith. This Ledaig is one helluva whisky!