Founded by John Sinclair in 1798 after 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 he was turned down for the licence to distill but was granted a brewing licence, however John Sinclair 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 and once again the distillery remains 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 under the Tobermory name..
In 2013 Burn Stewart is bought out by Distell and the rest is history..
The latest chapter in the distilleries history sees a large refurbishment which started in 2017 and finally finishing in 2019 with the release of a new 12 year old expression.
Today the distillery is well known for producing both Un peated and peated styles, the un peated version is sold under the Tobermory name while the peated version goes under the Ledaig name..
23 year old Tobermory
Region.. Islands – Mull
Age.. 23 years
Nose.. Dates, plums, figs and candied orange aromas are the first impressions before subtle chocolate, cherries and Crème brûlée bring in a little extra elegance.
Palate.. Jamaican Black Fruit Cake brings all those typical sherry notes along with a little bitter coffee, citrus peels and lots of demerara sugar..
Finish.. Ginger and chocolate biscuits.
Thoughts.. Let me get the only gripe i have out of the way first, £275!!
Right the whisky.. This just exudes elegance, the nose is so sublime and seductive that you really do loose yourself within. The palate then just takes you that little bit further and takes you on that journey only the finest whiskies seem to manage..
Those Gonzales Byass sherry casks have certainly worked some magic and there is now a delicious darkness just flowing through this whisky, get passed that price tag and you have a wonderful whisky.