Claxton’s Ledaig Tasting Notes

Posted: October 13, 2016 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Tobermory (Ledaig)

Claxton’s The Single Cask Ledaig 2008 (8 year old) 52.8%

Refill Sherry Butt 1606-700713/ Dist: May 2008 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

The nose is clean, softly peated, but very briny and phenolic. Hints of smoked meat, malt and tar. This must have been a very refilled sherry butt as the sherry character is virtually imperceptible bar a touch of oxidised fruit. With time it becomes lightly medicinal.

The palate is soft and full, opening with creamy barley followed by earthy-peat, coffee and subtle spices. Again not much in the way of sherry character but the middle is pleasantly coastal and fishy. Long and crisp with the salt, peat and sweet barley lingering.

Claxton’s ‘The Single Cask’ Ledaig 2007 (9 year old) 53.3%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: Jun 2007 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Apr 2017

Aromas of sweet barley, white fruit and peat dust, followed by gritty and phenolic slabs of peat and brine. Fresh and very old skool Caol Ila-like with the peat becoming slightly manure.

The palate opens in the same manner as the nose with sweet barley and dusty peat. It’s a little fuller feeling with some milky oak noticeable along with a touch of honey. Very clean with a touch of heather, earthy peat and tar. Wonderfully vibrant middle with a long, white fruit and sweet barley finish accented by the peat dust.

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