Monthly Archives: July 2013

Ledaig Single Malt

Distillery: Tobermory
Region: Island
Age: N/A
Chill-filtered: Yes
Strength: 42%
Batch No.: N/A
Colour: Very Light
Nose: Light and crisp but nothing complex
Taste: Fresh and lightly peated with a slight sweetness
Finish: Short, dries towards the end but not too much
Rating: 5/10
Tobermory Ledaig

Ledaig, pronounced ‘let-chick’, which is Gaelic for ‘safe haven’, is the original name for the Tobermory distillery and is now a discontinued bottling. It is still available to buy however, at a very reasonable price I might add, around £20 at time of writing. The Ledaig 10 year old is now available and is the replacement for the old no-age statement reviewed here.

It has to be one palest whisky I have had, with a very slight yellow tinge to it. For a no-age statement, budget whiskey though I was very impressed, there may be little complexity or overly powerful notes to the nose or taste, but that makes it a very well balanced, easy drinking whisky. If you like peated whisky but want a lighter peated whisky rather than something like a Laphroaig, then this is a very good choice, a fantastic value whisky.

Glenburgie 26 Year Old

Distillery: Glenburgie
Region: Speyside
Age: 26
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 53.7%
Batch No.: 9801
Colour: Amber
Nose: Light, complex, fruity with a little spice
Taste: Light, complex, dry
Finish: Short, dry
Rating: 10/10
Glenburgie 26 Year Old
A release of just 204 bottles so will probably be difficult to get hold of. This is an amazing whisky, bursting with flavour on both the nose and palate. It has one issue for me though, water. The addition of water breaks up the oils and releases so much more on the nose, some wonderful aromas coming through. The problem lies in the fact that, for me at least, I actually prefer the flavour of the 26 year old without the water. It is a bourbon cask whisky finished in a sherry cask, I am not sure for how long though. I can’t remember how much this one cost to be honest, or find it for sale anywhere, but what I can say is that if you see it, it’s definitely worth buying.

Bladnoch 19 Year Old Sherry Cask

Distillery: Bladnoch
Region: Lowland
Age: 19
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 55%
Batch No.: N/A
Colour: Amber
Nose: Light but complex
Taste: Light, sweet and well rounded
Finish: Short but warm
Rating: 8/10
Bladnoch 19yo Sherry Cask

Judging by the colour and taste this is a bourbon casking that has been finished in a sherry cask. As a result it is still quite light, in colour, nose and taste, but it has picked that little extra flavour up from the sherry cask. At 55% it is quite strong but it does carry it well, not overpowering the flavour with the alcoholic volume. The addition of water does open it up however, making it easier to pick out the flavours.

I believe the 19 year old has now been replaced by the 20 year old, which I have yet to try. At £50 which this bottle cost I would say that it is worth the money. I called in at the distillery when I picked this bottle up, the distillery being the most southerly one in Scotland, and they were kind enough to allow me to sample a few from their range. From memory they were all nice, easy drink whiskies that I tried and I would be tempted to add another Bladnoch to my collection.

The BenRiach Heart of Speyside

I had a BenRiach tasting pack bought for me containing, Heart of Speyside, 12, 16 and 20 year olds. Unfortunately by the time I opened it and found that they were all in fact Heart of Speyside (it was a Christmas order so we can let them off I suppose), it was too late to send them back.

Distillery: BenRiach
Region: Speyside
Age: N/A
Chill-filtered: Yes
Strength: 40%
Batch No.: N/A

Colour: Light
Nose: Sweet, subtle spicy
Taste: Light, smooth, sweet, subtle spicy
Finish: Short length for flavour but warm for long time and sweet
Rating: 4/10

No age statement on this one, being their entry level whisky, so I was pleasantly surprised when trying it. It is very light and refreshing, nice summer dram. Nothing complex about it but for the price (around £25 at time of writing) it is an enjoyable drink, possibly a little too sweet for me, but by no means distasteful or difficult to drink.

Glengoyne Range 15, 18 & 21 years

My first post is about some of the Glengoyne range. I purchased samples of a 15, 18 and 21 year old, so that I could sit down and do a back to back tasting of the distillery’s medium to high range of whiskies.

15 Year Old

Distillery: Glengoyne
Region: Highland
Age: 15
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A

Colour: Light gold
Nose: Light, sweet
Taste: Light, no flavour really stands out
Finish: Medium length, dry
Rating: 5/10

Refreshing, enjoyable dram, particular on a warm day. Light, but at 43%, has that little extra kick, some may prefer with a dash of water as a result, but I would be careful on how much you put in as it could easily kill the flavour, personally I would not add any.

I have not yet tried the 10 or 12 years so it is difficult to judge, but I would personally say that it is probably not worth the money that I have seen it at (around £45). For me it just lacks a little something for a 15 and for the price.

18 Year Old

Distillery: Glengoyne
Region: Highland
Age: 18
Chill-filtered: No
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A

Colour: Rich gold
Nose: Light but complex. Light fruits such as apple
Taste: Rich, smooth, spicy and slightly sweet
Finish: Strong, long lasting
Rating: 8/10

I unfortunately never got to try the 17 year old, which the 18 year old replaced, but I can say that it has it has definitely been replace with a splendid whisky. I have seen it at around £70 and have to say that when compared the 15, it is worth the extra. A wonderful drink, warmer than the 15, would be a good a spring or autumn drink. Again at 43% some may like some water, you can get away with a little more added to this one given it’s rich flavour, but I found that it did not really need much.

21 Year Old

Distillery: Glengoyne
Region: Highland
Age: 21
Chill-filtered: Yes
Strength: 43%
Batch No.: N/A

Colour: Rich copper
Nose: Rich, complex, sweet, spicy
Taste: Rich, smooth, spicy
Finish: Warm, medium length
Rating: 9/10

When I saw the colour I thought, Wow! Very clear that it is a first-fill sherry cask (Oloroso), as is the 18 incidentally. To me it is worth every penny. If you can afford the extra ontop of the 18, go for it. At time of writing though, Master of Malt were doing it at a cracking price, just £9 more than the 18.

This one comes highly recommended for those sherry cask lovers, it’s everything you would want from a 21 year old sherry cask whisky. This one is again at 43% so a little water may be required for some. It seems to carry the strength even more than the 18, so even with the water it has a bit of a kick, but without sacrificing the flavour however.