Ledaig 12yr old, 2008, 58.1% ABV

ledaig marsala cask

Marsala cask finish, Ink club exclusive.

blind tasting consortium
cask away

This bottling was blind tasted during the Blind Tasting Consortium blind tasting #9 (Cask away), on 20/3/21. To look up past tastings or follow future tastings check out #BlindDrams, using Tweetdeck is the best way.

Appearance

This is deeper gold in colour, beads up on the swirl line, and very slow dropping medium legs.

Nose

Fizzy with ABV, frazzle crisps, pine needles and foresty again, wow that’s a hot nose. Some medicinal notes but not too heavy, red berries, HP sauce, cola/pineapple cubes, oxo cubes too. I’m adding black coffee and liquorice.

Palate

Initial icing sugar sweetness, then into fruity peat, nice mouthfeel, lemons, peaches, apricots, red apples, cherries, some medicinal notes, bonfire embers, light BBQ sauce, salt and pepper, and very warming, a cold weather dram for me.

Finish

Long, lovely, warming, spicy, peaty, dark fruits, leaning into Christmas pudding with ash. Stewed dark fruits, black coffee, oak, chilli’s, hot ginger, super drop.

My thoughts

This was narrowly my favourite of the 5 blind samples tasted during this session, and in my humble opinion it is a belter. i happen to like Ledaig whiskies, and Marsala wine cask finishes, so this one was a real treat for me. We may be talking about peat here but it offers so much more, there’s a plethora of fruits here, it’s almost juicy.

Would i buy a bottle?

A resounding yes from me. This bottle reaches into wow territory where my whisky tastes are concerned. Pouring a drop of this would always bring a smile to my face, as i know i’m really going to enjoy the experience fully.

Note – This whisky has been presented in it’s natural cask colour, non chill filtered and at natural cask strength.

Thanks to – @MaltMusings and @MckWhisky.

Image credit – @MckWhisky.

Cask away banner image courtesy of @jwbassman_

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