Douglas Laing Ledaig Tasting Notes

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Tobermory (Ledaig)

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Ledaig 8 year old 50%

Bourbon/ Tasted: Oct 2010

The nose is quite fishy and only faintly cardboardy. It has considerably more depth the previous bottling and in fact it’s quite refined. Lots of manurey peat mingle with cod liver oil and hints of crispy bacon bits!

A reasonably oily palate with an initial honest gentle peat but still acquiescing to the cardboard notes. The middle is pleasant as the oak arrives with a buttery wave and some pleasant spice. Like the above it’s a bit short, yet it has a agreeable, lingering smoky finish.

Adding water signals the retreat of the peatiness as the cardboard hordes rush in! Flat and a bit sickly sweet on the palate.

 


Douglas Laing Provenance Ledaig 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Refill Hogshead/ Code: PRV1221/ DL11327

Dist: Feb 2008 Btl: Aug 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

The nose is initially a little feinty but it blows off quite quickly. Quite meaty and balsamic with sweet pear, barley and a late touch of manurey-peat and salt.

The palate is fresh and citric but there is a pleasant barley sweetness which makes the palate feel fuller. Hints of dry peat and tar follow. Good length with lingering sweet barley, sweet peat and hints of almost rum-like dried fruit.

Douglas Laing Provenance Ledaig 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1333/ DL12022

Dist: May 2008 Btl: Aug 2017/ Tasted: Sept 2017

Aromas of smoky bacon and dusty, herbal peat. With time a touch of barley, earth and tar.

The palate is as smoky as the nose suggests. Fairly light in body with smoky bacon, peat and a light bbq smoke. Subtle, barley’d middle and a good, crisp, salty finish. Very clean and entertaining.

 


Douglas Laing Old Particular Ledaig 2001 (15 year old) 48.4%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0419/ DL11605

Dist: May 2001 Btl: Mar 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is fairly malty and oily with a slight non sherried sulphur/ metallic twang. However some sweet orange and barley attempt to balance. Very subtly peated with more of an earthy/ tarry character.

The palate is a little on the murky side with again that slight sulphur note. Subtly peated with earth, tar and a good barley richness. It develops hints of spice, smoke, tobacco and leather on the middle. The finish is a little austere and dusty, although there is a sweet barley note underneath.

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