BTC #14: Ledaig 11, 2005-2017, 58.6% – Signatory

Yes! Another zero pointer! I’m getting back to my usual self, apparently. Also, my Peatometer is broken. Or I’m having more of a cold than I though. Or my sample was weird.

I don’t really think I can blame things on bad samples, mostly because other people scored rather well on yesterday’s dram. I didn’t however. Somehow I didn’t detect any peat at all. It might have something to do with the peated whisky I had before this one, but since this is a Ledaig, I don’t really accept that either.

Sniff:

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It’s definitely a sherried whisky, and a heavy one at that. There’s leather and shoe polish on the nose with lots of oak. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a European oak one. Hints of dark chocolate, mocha and oak shavings after that.

 

Sip:
The palate is rather smooth (another indicator that’s broken, apparently) and I’m thinking this to be around 50% ABV. Dry with sherry, leather, polish and rope. Some chocolate, dried plums and dates. After a while it gets a bit more bitter with almonds.

Swallow:
The finish is lightly bitter too. Again the plums and dates are making themselves known. Lots of sherry. After a few minutes I get some stewed red fruits too.

So, I was very much liking this whisky, but I would love to try this on a more clean palate and when I’m not having a (light?) cold. Because I might be liking it, but I am very wrong about this whisky. In the end I guessed a random Highland whisky at 18 years old, and 50% ABV. Nothing was in the vicinity of correctness.

Ledaig 11yo, 2005-2017, 1st Fill Sherry Butt 900152, 58.6%, Signatory Vintage. Available for around 90 euros.

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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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