Let’s round out the week with another sherry cask whisky but turn the peat up a little higher past Wednesday’s Bowmore 11. Just about two years ago I reviewed a Ledaig 10, 2004 bottled by Signatory. I was supposed to follow that up with a review of this 10 yo distilled in 2005 and also bottled by Signatory that I’d acquired as part of the same large bottle split but never got around to it. Both are from a large parcel of young sherry casks put out by Signatory (and a few other bottlers who may have acquired their casks from Signatory). Most of these 10-11 yo Ledaigs have been very good indeed—very nice marriages of heavy peat and heavy sherry. I really liked that 2004 and I’ve been drinking this one down at a rapid rate as well since opening it a week or two ago. Here now are some notes on it.
Ledaig 10, 2005 (54.6%; Signatory; first-fill sherry butt 900145; from a bottle split)
Nose: Rubbery smoke with charred, barbecued pork coming up behind alongside some sweeter sherry notes (dried orange peel, pipe tobacco). The salt from the palate pops out here too with time and it gets more acidic too (lemon); and with a lot of air/time the rubber recedes a bit. Water pushes back the salt, pulls out some softer notes (milky cocoa) and ties it all together nicely.
Palate: As indicated by the nose for the most part but there’s a lot more salt here. And, unfortunately, some sherry separation. It’s a good drinking strength but I’m hoping water will tie it together better. I’ll give it some more time and a few more sips before I add some. The sherry settles a bit with time and air. Water mostly fixes the sherry separation and pushes the smoke back a bit; still a fair bit of salt.
Finish: Long. The sherry comes back together and the smoke gets more charred, ending finally with wet cigarettes. As on the palate with water.
Comments: Very good peat-sherry pleasures in the mode of most of these young Ledaigs from this period but this is not one of the best ones. Still I wouldn’t say no to another big pour or three and it’s a good thing that’s how much I have left of this. I’m going to have the rest alongside some very dark chocolate.
Rating: 86 points.