Intro – Ledaig 10 is a peated (smokey) whisky from the Tobermory distillery. I found this older bottling at a small liquor store that I frequently stop at on my way home to my parents house. Sometimes these smaller out of the way stores have really interesting stuff that has sat on the shelf for years. This older version is bottled at 43%. The current version which I have reviewed here was the first whisky I ever reviewed on my whisky blog. I really enjoy the current version so I thought it would be a great experience to try the older bottling. At some point I will do a side by side review. I paid $45 for this bottle – the current version is about the same in price in my area.
Nose – rubber, sauerkraut, pencil erasers, sweet vanilla undertones, definitely sauerkraut but the sweet kind, vegetal smoke – imagine throwing sweet sauerkraut on a grill. That unique Tobermory character is there. The newer version is much sweeter and this version is even more funky and odd. *more time in the glass causes more sweet vanilla to come to the front*
Taste – heavy smoke up front, rotten wood, pepper, sweet candy…a vanilla flavored chewy candy – then dry ashtrays – very dry…not a medicinal smoke like other whiskies…a lot of woody ashtray flavors. more smoked sauerkraut.
Finish – short/medium finish – surprisingly sweet smoke, ash trays and faint sauerkraut – It doesn’t hang around – it would be a good starter to a night of drinking peated(smokey) whiskies because it doesn’t wreck your taste buds.
Favorite Part – The Nose.
Conclusion – The nose steals the show on this one. I could smell this whisky for an hour. It’s funky, odd and kind of wrong but I love it. The taste is very interesting and engaging however the finish does fall short. When I did taste this version next to the newer version I recall liking this one more. I think a higher ABV would help out…43% is a bit weak for me. It is still very good and I may grab another bottle if I can.
Rating – 83/100
- Presentation – 3/5
- Nose – 23/25
- Taste – 30/35
- Finish – 18/25
- Value – 9/10