Blind Tasting Competition 4: Ledaig 8yo, 2005-2014, 53.3% – Whisky-Fässle

Yesterday was a proof in point that I can somehow trust my palate. I still am afraid of making a total ass of myself by stating something contrary to what I’ve said before on my blog. So far so good, though.

Also so far so good is the fact that I’ve already gotten close to a hundred points in 3 days. Last year it took me forever to get there and if I keep scoring the 20 per day I will do a lot better than I did then.

Let’s hope I can improve beyond the level of ‘dumb luck’ though!

Ledaig 8yo. Image from Whiskybase

Ledaig 8yo. Image from Whiskybase

Sniff:
Lots and lots of peat, but not very salty (hunching away from Islay). Quite funky and I think it’s not overly old. We have a compost container in the back yard, and it smells like that. A little bit at least. Not too strong, by the scent of it. I do get some grassy notes, but it’s all a bit more funky than I would expect of Islay whiskies. I might be awfully wrong here…

Sip:
The palate is drier and a lot sharper than I would have expected based on the nose. I’d say highest of the competition so far. Hay, rotting wood, old casks and wet earth. Quite funky indeed. If I let it swim for a bit some strawberries pop up. Quite thick after a while too, weird stuff.

Swallow:
The finish is fairly hot, but the heat is almost all you get, apart from that funky stuff. Rather green/autumnal. But not necessarily in a good way.

I’m not a fan of this. I’m definitely going for Ledaig since I generally dislike those in the same way. Still pondering on which bottle it might be, but with almost all clubs and festivals doing a limited private bottling of Ledaig, it might be a tough one. I think it’s strength is reasonably high, higher fifties or maybe even a 60% bottling. I’ll start looking at Whiskybase in a minute.

Anyway, the funky scents are too composty for me. A certain scent of decay. I’ve had that before, almost every time with a Ledaig. For some reason I have the feeling that they got their hands on a couple of bottlings from Dramboree.

The specific pick is mostly because I know a couple of club guys went there, I have heard of that bottling and I feel positive about it being Ledaig.

Unfortunately I was completely off on the ABV and it was much lower than I expected. So no points for that, but the rest of the points were all smack on. An 8 year old Ledaig. Who’d have thought? I’m a happy camper and really like the fact that for once I guessed right on the distillery. I don’t think this has happened at all last year. Happy happy, joy joy!

Ledaig 8yo, 2005-2014, 53.3%, Whisky-Fässle. Still for sale at Whisky-Fässle for € 69

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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2 Responses to Blind Tasting Competition 4: Ledaig 8yo, 2005-2014, 53.3% – Whisky-Fässle

  1. Sandokan says:

    Well done Sjoerd🙂 !

  2. Pingback: Ledaig 2004-2014, 51.6% – Liquid Art (Pink Salmon label) | Malt Fascination

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