I have always found the Daily Dram a bit of a curious name. It kind of contrasts with the ‘drink responsibly’ statement found everywhere. They do produce a number of rather good whiskies that are sort of affordable. Not that they all stay below € 50, but it’s unlikely to see a € 500 bottle from them. It wouldn’t really fit the label either.
Ledaig is the peated brand of Tobermory. The produce it in the same distillery but have, much like Springbank, decided to name their peated brand differently to clearly mark the different product.
Usually I am not a huge fan of the Ledaig and Tobermory whiskies, especially not the current releases that I’ve tried. Apparently the 1973 Ledaigs are incredibly good, but I have not been fortunate to taste one of those yet. For some reason most bottlers currently think Ledaig is done at 5 to 10 years of age, but I often disagree. Let’s see what this one brings us.
It smells like very clean Ardbeg. The same scents of grass, straw and daisies are here, with a significant amount of peat. Pretty smoky with vanilla and salt and quite some alcohol burn.
The palate continues as expected with a rather big blast of alcohol and peppery heat at first. The smoke is pretty coarse and dry. Very sharp with alcohol, vanilla, grass and salt. And I get the distinct impression of the grass that grows on the sand dunes on the beach (Marram of Sand reed according to the interwebs).
The finish is all of a sudden rather gentle and short. The vanilla is back but the grass flavours fade first. The smoke is here again too and again it tastes very clean.
I traded this bottle for a sample of Highland Park 18 (an old bottling) because the original owner didn’t like it at all. I’m not a huge fan either, but it is one of the more acceptable Ledaigs I’ve recently (the last two years or so) tried. At least it’s not one of those incredibly young sherried ones that smell like decaying cattle.
Ledaig 8, 61%, 2001-2010, Daily Drams. Used to cost around € 40.