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.



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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.


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.

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.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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