Founded by John Sinclair in 1798 at a time where he had applied to lease the 57 acre site named Ledaig in 1797 with the intention to build a distillery along with housing for the workers..
Initially turned down for the licence to distil John Sinclair was granted a brewing licence, however he prevailed and opened the Ledaig distillery..
The distillery unfortunately closed in 1837 and remained closed until 1878, with closure once again hitting the distillery in 1930 where once again the distillery remained closed for a number of years.. Well 41 to be precise..
The Ledaig Distillery re opens in 1971 but once again hard times impact the distillery and due to bankruptcy it closes again in 1975..
With bursts of production being sporadic over the next decades the distillery is purchased by Burn Stewart Distillers and opens once again under the Tobermory name..
1999 Marsala Cask Finish
This expression has laid silently for 19 years initially spending the majority in ex Bourbon casks and then receiving a finishing period this Limited release is another stunning expression from the Isle of Mull distillery.
Age.. 19 years
Cask.. Ex Bourbon / Marsala wine cask
Nose.. Hedge rows full of summer berries, Terrys chocolate orange, sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce and toffee apples.. Subtle notes of cinnamon, ginger and ground coffee beans gently rise along with a digestive biscuit note..
Palate.. A hot start with a little ginger and peppery kick before those summer fruits and toffee notes explode into action.
Finish.. Drying with those spices dominating.
Thoughts.. A delightful release from a distillery that just seems to be building a real following.. My initial thought on the distillery a number of years back was not very good but I have to admit the more recent releases from the Tobermory label and Ledaig are now becoming very impressive indeed..
Its almost like they have entered a new warehouse and suddenly found the stocks that they misplaced a number of years ago, fantastic whisky that need to be explored even more !!!!
Sample kindly provided by Distell