The fourth and last single cask release in the Galaxy Series from MMM - Mark & Manny's Malts - is agan a peaty whisky. This will not surprise you. Winter is coming and this will be very welcome. Imanuel and I found this cask of young Ledaig from the Tobermory distillery and were in love straight away. We are quite certain you will be to.
It is nice and dirty on the nose, if you know what I mean. A touch farmy with hints of smoked bacon, mackerel on the barbecue, olive oil, oysters and iodine. Underneath is a lovely sweetness from apples, honey, lemon and melon. Some play-doh even. Lots of earth. My kind of Ledaig.
It is beautifully oily and soft on the spices. The sweet fruit arrives first - with apples in the lead - but then the malt shows its true nature: ashes, tar, pepper. A lovely smoke development with a beautiful salty edge appears. The second sip reveals some citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon) and - when the smoke clears a little - even some candy sugar.
The finish is surprisingly long, warm and smoky with lots of citrus at the end. It dies a salty sweet death.
Young & dirty, that's how I would describe our Ledaig. But I am not exaggerating when I say that this is one of the best young Ledaig I have come across. Only 50 bottles are available at mmmalts.com for 85 EUR a piece. You had better hurry.