Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tasting: That Boutique-y Whisky Co. Ledaig 18 Years - Batch #3

The whisky Ledaig is known for causing quite the confusion because there is no longer a distillery carrying the Ledaig name, but it hasn’t always been that way.

Back in 1795, John Sinclair founded the Ledaig distillery, as the only distillery on the Isle of Mull.

For the last two century’s The Ledaig/Tobermory distillery has been silenced more than a handful of times and have experienced several different owners, who somewhere along the way, changing the distilleries name from Ledaig to Tobermory, and for a short period of time, back to Ledaig again. The distillery really didn’t stabilize until Burnt Stewart Distillers, who paid 600,000 GBP for the distillery and another 200,000 for the supplies of whisky, bought it back in 1993. Before that time, the Tobermory whisky was being released both as a single and a blended malt, while Ledaig purely was being produced as a single malt. Nowadays the brand name Tobermory is used for the distilleries un-peated malt whisky, while the peated whisky is sold as Ledaig.

Doing one of Ledaig/Tobermory’s non-production periods, the distilleries warehouses was sold and later rebuild as departments, that’s why the whisky produced at Tobermory distillery is being shipped to the mainland and filled into casks at Deanston distillery and
then transported onwards to Bunnahabhain on Islay for ageing.

That Boutique-y Whisky Co. Ledaig 18 Years – Batch #3
Single Malt Whisky

Distillery: Tobermory
Region: Islands
Age: 18 Year
Proof/ABV: 51,7%
DK Price: £90/766dkk
Release: Limited 921 bottle release

Points: 86/100

About the label art: Taken directly from That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s website:

The label of our Ledaig has a very angry man on it who seems to have had quite enough of Islay thinking they’re the last word in peated whisky and he’s going to set the record straight. How is he going about doing that? Well, he’s taught himself to fly and he’s got himself a massive sledgehammer, for starters…


Oak and coal up front, just like taking a sniff at a matchbox, really! Sweet peat smoke, tar and sea salt. Very similar to a Caol Ila 12, though I’m not picking up that familiar citrus note, instead I get grapefruit and overripe honeydew melon.

Mouth drying and tight in its expression. Licorice root, salty and peppery waves mingle around with anise and grapefruit.

Medium long peppery finish.

Review By: Hasse Berg
Photo by: (All rights reserved)

Son of Winston Churchill has kindly been granted permission to use the photo in this review.