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Ledaig 10 Year Old Island Single Malt Whisky 46.3%

Ledaig 10 Year Old Island Single Malt Whisky 46.3%

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Ledaig 10 Year Old: A Smoky Island Single Malt Whisky Journey

The Ledaig 10 Year Old is a single malt Scotch whisky crafted on the Isle of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland. This distinguished dram from Tobermory Distillery delivers a signature smoky expression, showcasing the unique character of its island origins.

Aroma: Unveiling the Island Influence

Pour yourself a dram of Ledaig 10 Year Old and take a moment to appreciate the inviting amber colour that shimmers in the glass. As you raise the glass to your nose, a wave of aromas greets you. The initial impression is one of sweet smokiness, a gentle peat influence that hints at bonfires on a sandy beach. This is interwoven with a distinct island character, offering a touch of brine and seaside air. Look beyond the smoke and you'll find a surprising complexity. Hints of medicinal notes, like antiseptic or creosote, peek through, adding intrigue. These are balanced by playful whispers of wax polish, bringing a touch of vintage charm, and mint chocolate, adding a touch of unexpected delight. To round off this captivating introduction, subtle floral notes and a hint of seaside air complete the alluring aroma.

Palate: A Symphony of Smoke, Spice, and Sweetness

The first sip of Ledaig 10 Year Old is a revelation. The initial sweetness might surprise you, a delightful counterpoint to the smoky introduction on the nose. This sweetness carries hints of dried fruit and a touch of vanilla, creating a creamy and inviting mouthfeel. As the flavours develop, the signature peaty smoke returns, mingling with the sweetness in a harmonious dance. The smoke is not overpowering, but rather well-integrated, offering a rich depth to the experience. Hints of spicy pepper add a touch of warmth and complexity, while a touch of liquorice adds a surprising aniseed note. The finish is where the magic truly unfolds. A sublime spicy white pepper lingers on the tongue, joined by the vibrant sweetness of liquorice and a subtle kick of cloves. This symphony of flavours is perfectly balanced by an exquisite lingering saltiness, a reminder of the whisky's coastal origins.

Serving Suggestions: Unlocking the Full Potential

To fully appreciate the complexities of Ledaig 10 Year Old, consider enjoying it neat, allowing all the aromas and flavours to come to the fore. If you prefer a slightly subdued smoke character, a few drops of water can be added. The water will help to open up the dram further, revealing more of the underlying sweetness and fruit notes.

For a different twist, try Ledaig 10 Year Old in an Old Fashioned cocktail. The smokiness of the whisky pairs exceptionally well with the rich sweetness of a sugar cube and the bitters' aromatic complexity. Here's a recipe to get you started:

  • 50ml Ledaig 10 Year Old
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Orange twist, for garnish

Muddle the sugar cube with the bitters in a rocks glass. Add the Ledaig 10 Year Old and fill the glass with ice. Stir gently and express the oils from the orange twist over the glass before adding it as a garnish.

Ledaig 10 Year Old is a versatile dram that can also be enjoyed in a highball. Simply fill a highball glass with ice, add 50ml of Ledaig 10 Year Old, and top with your favourite ginger ale or soda water. The effervescence of the mixer will help to balance the smokiness of the whisky, creating a refreshing and flavourful long drink.

In Conclusion: A Whisky for the Adventurous Palate

The Ledaig 10 Year Old is a single malt Scotch whisky that is sure to tantalise your taste buds and ignite your sense of adventure. With its captivating smokiness, surprising sweetness, and hints of spice and seaside air, it offers a unique and unforgettable drinking experience. Whether you enjoy it neat, on the rocks, or in a well-crafted cocktail, Ledaig 10 Year Old promises a journey of discovery for any whisky enthusiast.

 

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