Monday, May 3, 2010

Review: Ledaig 10

Ledaig 10
Price: $45-$55
Strength: 43%

I don't usually pay much attention to color since so many bottles are artificially colored with caramel (I nearly cried myself to sleep when I learned that), but a whisky this light must be all-natural color.  The lightness of the whisky plays a delightful foil to the pungent nose of strong peat, burnt rubber, and car exhaust.

Ledaig is distilled at Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull and represents their highly peated expression.  I think this is one only peat-lovers will appreciate, as it is hard to get past the burnt rubber flavor.  The peat is similar to an Islay but a little less sea and a little more earth.  Beyond the peat and rubber, there is leather and some youthful tang.  Even though it appears to be all-natural color, the body is a bit thin and I would guess chill-filtered.  A beautiful bottle but an ugly whisky that I cannot help but like.  84 points (B).  

UPDATE: Ledaig has been updated since this review to be non chill-filtered and bottled at 46.3 %.  I reviewed the new bottling here.

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