They explain the uniqueness in their process as using “peat-dried malted barley [that is] married with naturally peat-infused water from a lochan high in the mountains above the village” – all sounds lovely, and must say I want to try that water!
The curiousness around this release is the finish using Marsala wine casks, intrigued by this one.
Costing around £125, and clocking in at 51% ABV, this is not a whisky to be messed with; it is a lovely whisky that I, as a ‘peat head’ appreciated greatly.
Sweet peat smoke consumes the nose, beautiful bitter dark chocolate notes, barley wafts, ginger, spices and biscuity hints all wrapped in a lovely juicy wine aroma that develops on the palate into something exquisite.
For me it is all the about peaty biscuity notes, which is why I would highly recommend this dram to anyone who likes a peated glass of happiness.
You can’t knock the work done at Tobermory, especially with the Ledaig range that is superb, and one I always look out for, although must confess that I have not explored the range and their previous releases nearly enough.
This is something I will look to rectify in the coming months as there is something here that, for me, is what makes this mythical and delightful spirit so appealing; the cask finish is a nice selling point, but it is only one factor in a much greater flavour set that you are literally forced to spend time with, I nosed the whisky for around 15 minutes before writing anything and before thinking about pouring or sipping.
That’s what I love about what I do and what I feel we should all enjoy from our malts; not the ABV, not the singular flavour compound of ‘light’ or ‘floral’ or ‘peated’ but an all-round display of flavour that captivates us and makes us want more… now… I need to get a bottle, and sharp!
Overall, a lovely dram that induced a level of happiness and reflection I was not expecting. Thanks to Tobermory and Distell for providing the sample.