Carn Mor Ledaig Tasting Notes

Posted: July 3, 2015 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Tobermory (Ledaig)

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Ledaig 1997 (17 year old) 49.7%

Bourbon Cask 643080/ Dist: Oct 1997 Btl: Nov 2014/ Tasted: Mar 2015

The nose opens with a little murky ‘distillery character’ and plenty of peat. Hints of manure, tar and faint parma violets follow along with a touch of heather. Underneath lies some barley’d fruit, which gives depth.

The palate is reasonably clean, although there is touch of industrial ‘distillery character’. Hints of coffee, peat and tar come through with a pleasant saltiness. Lovely intense finish. Quite mouth-watering with lingering dry peat. Another pleasant bottle of Ledaig, which shows plenty of substance to balance the ‘distillery character’.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Lediag 1997 (18 year old) 55.6%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: 1997 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Quite feinty and slightly metallic to begin with hard barley and sweet vanilla. The manurey peat duly arrives and continues to develop and dominate the nose. With time hints of coffee and subtle coastal notes appear.

The palate opens with the dry, dusty peat and a touch of cardboard. Again quite earthy, manurey and rubbery with hints of sweet barley and lightly medicinal, herbal peat. Lovely juicy middle but there is a slight feintness in the background. Long and lightly coffee’d and manurey finish with a drying coastal after-taste.

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Ledaig 1997 (19 year old) 52.9%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: 1997 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Jan 2017

Stinky and sulphury on the nose with hints of coastal white fruit and manurey peat. Light sugar coated baked barley beneath with developing smoked meat and peat smoke. Given time the nose does settle down but it’s still a little dirty.

The palate is edgy and slightly sulphurous with white fruit. A touch of honey and slightly sweet barley attempt to balance but the manurey, dirty peat comes through on the middle with some salt and bitter spice. Short, intense with a strange dirty sweet/citric finish and a bitter, tar and treacle after-taste. By old Ledaig standards it’s not too bad but it’s still a bit rough and ready!

Carn Mor Celebration of the Cask Ledaig 1997 (19 year old) 50.2%

Bourbon Hogshead 643083/ Dist: Oct 1997 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Dec 2017

Briny, sooty and faintly medicinal nose with herbal coffee and earth. Pretty clean with only a suggestion of funkiness, which in all honesty is hidden by the peat. Late notes of lemon, salt and granulated sugar.

The palate is quite oily and a little flat, with hints of wet cardboard, although the sweet barley and oak counters. Hints of sooty peat, iodine and medicinal herbs follow. Intense and salty middle with a touch of lemon. Long and salty with a slightly drying, coffee’d spice finish.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Ledaig 2008 (7 year old) 46%

Refill Sherry Puncheon/ Dist: 2008 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

Given its distinct lack of colour this was aged in a very well used sherry puncheon! The nose is slightly feinty but the there is plenty of sweet barley to offset that. Lightly fishy with hints of coal/ peat dust and with time a slight, herbal, almost grain-like note appears.

The palate opens with the sweet barley, malt biscuits and lightly oiled, earthy peat. Pretty clean and lacking the usual ‘Ledaig’ character with a touch of chocolate and a subtle dried fruit note. Long and still quite sweet with a peppery and salty, coffee’d finish.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Ledaig 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Refill Sherry Butt/ Dist: 2008 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

Meaty and smoky aromas with dusty but sweet peat, salt and a very subtle, (almost to the point of imperceptibility) sherry sweetness. It is a little raw with late botanical notes.

The palate is a little un-evolved with some ‘off the still’ oiliness and hints of peat, pepper and herbs. Still the spirit is very clean with a touch of barley and subtle salt and spice notes. Long with a pleasant dusty peat finish with an almost pulped agave fruit finish. Maybe it could have done with another couple of years in the cask.


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