Sunday, December 30, 2012

Review: Ledaig 10

Ledaig 10
Price: $45-$55
Strength: 46.3%

After tasting and loving the rebooted Bunnahabhain 12, I needed to retry Ledaig 10, which is owned by the same group and was similarly rebooted to be non chill-filtered and bottled at 46.3%.  In my review of the previous bottling of Ledaig 10, I found the whisky big on rubbery peat but a bit thin in mouth-feel and body.  

The non chill-filtering of the new bottling has a huge effect on the mouth-feel.  You can detect some of the oiliness on the nose before you even take a sip, and the whisky now has a big, sticky feel.  The problem though is that the character of the whisky has not changed at all, and that burnt rubbery flavor is not one that needed to get any bigger.  Before, Ledaig 10 was burnt rubber, leather, and car exhaust.  Now its all those things plus motor oil.  Burning motor oil.  The end result is that I am unmoved to change my previous score.  84 points (B).  

P.S. I actually found this a good malt for blending with sherry monster whiskies to get a peaty sherry bomb.  This worked particularly well with Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength.

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