Today’s dram was Ledaig 10 year old. Yay! This is part of the revamped Burn Stewart range including Bunna, and Deanston as appeared earlier in the whisky advent series.
Loving this range at the minute with the no caramel, no chill filtration and higher ABV policy.
Ledaig is basically Peated Tobermory. That is, peated barley used in the process at Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Non whisky lovers will know Tobermory better as Balamory, (the setting of a kids TV program).
Tobermory was where it all started for me. On my honeymoon touring the west coast, we visited Tobermory because Mrs Dramstats used to watch the kids program. I saw the distillery and thought we should “do whisky” on our holiday in Scotland. The rest is history!
So, here are the dramstats for Ledaig 10:
- ABV: 46.3%
- Price £30
- Non chill filtered
- No caramel added
Nose: Peaty, citrus and pine with an earthy note. Really good! A creamy weetabix note underneath the pines and the peat.
Palate: Earthy peat
Finish: Peat turns to pine and a minty fresh note appears and then fades.
Verdict: This is a great whisky. However, despite the low price point, it’s probably not one for beginners. It’s unusual and doesn’t have many traditionally palatable flavours (like fruits, vanilla and grains) from things you might eat/drink outside of whisky. I say this, and yet many beginners like 10 year old Laphroaig, so what do I know? What I do know is that this is a whisky I will be buying and that the price is excellent, maybe even too good given the high ABV!