Ledaig 10 Years Old (Claxton’s SMWG Exclusive #1)
Bottled by independent bottler Claxton’s, this Ledaig 10 Years Old was never available for the general public. It is a private bottling done for SMWG, the largest whisky related Facebook group in the Dutch language.
This is not your average 10 year old Ledaig. Yes it did spent almost all of its years in a bourbon hogshead, but… the final four months it was re-racked into a small ex-Oloroso octave cask. An octave cask holds just below fifty litres of spirit, making it a perfect vessel for quick, high intensity finishing.
Ledaig 10 Years Old (54,8%, Claxton’s, C#1715OP-700641)
Nose: Fresh, vegetal peat with a touch of lemon and some broccoli as well… Hints of salty bacon, smoked paprika powder and cured meat, with finally some black peppercorns.
Taste: Ashy, lots of charcoal and very smoky. The bacon makes an encore, as does the cured meat. There’s a subtle spiciness, as well as a hint of cigarette tobacco. Quite delicious.
Finish: Lingers on peat. Slightly drying. Long…
The octave certainly did its job, giving this a new layer that most ex-bourbon matured Ledaig don’t have. That’s not to say that this is better per se than your average 10 year old Ledaig from a bourbon cask, because those can be excellent. It is however different, and absolutely delicious too.
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.