Ledaig 10 years old 2008 -Claxtons

Tobermory distillery  ( this distillery produces both Tobermory and the peated Ledaig )  was established back in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society in a small farming settlement, built around the medieval church at the top of the hill.

Then in the 1790’s an inspired a bold new vision by John Sinclair, a local kelp merchant found him putting in an application for the lease of 57 acres of land on the area known as Ledaig in order to build housing and a distillery.

Although distilling was  banned in Britain between 1795 –  1797 in order to conserve grain stores during the War of the First Coalition with France  his application was rejected and he was only granted permission to build a brewery.

John Sinclair remained true to his original plan and a year later the Tobermory/ Ledaig Distillery was established.

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Todays review is for this single cask Ledaig 10 year old from 2008, bottled at a natural cask strength of 54.3% abv and hailing from a single Refilled Hogshead cask #1851-700075 which was laid down on the 7-2-2008 and yielded 304 bottles..

Nose.. Soft smoke rises on the back of subtle vanilla, toffee and fresh apples. Freshly roasted hazelnuts, cinnamon and damp ash aromas finish this off..

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Palate.. The smoke effect is instant and ever so prominent.. Eventually there are subtle flavours of butterscotch, cinnamon, citrus peels and a little honey but like so many of the ledaigs this is about that ashy flavour that just takes over the senses..

Finish, Smoke and ash with a little oak..

Thoughts.. When I first tried Ledaig I absolutely hated everything about it ! But thanks to the likes of Claxtons I am starting to really enjoy the journey through the expressions from this distillery..

These single casks of Ledaig from Claxtons are a fantastic way of understanding just how different each individual cask of whisky actually is..

This sample was supplied as part of a live tasting on twitter from Steve Rush ( The whisky wire )  and Claxtons independent bottlers..

 

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