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Ledaig 15 and 20

Postby lohssanami » Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:13 pm

I couldn't find either of these reviewed in the whiskies section, and I read all the threads in the past about Ledaig NAS and such. Does anyone have any idea if either of these are good? If they are anything like the Tobermory 10 I tried or the NAS that was lambasted here, I'll avoid them.

The following thread made good mention of the 15.

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I read a review of the Ledaig 20 on whiskyguild, but the guy that gave it an 88 had given the Tobermory 10 an 87. OUCH!!!

I appreciate any advice or comments you can supply.

Thanks...
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Re: Ledaig 15 and 20

Postby mikeymad » Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:18 pm

Ganga and I have had various Ledaig and Tobermory.

    Tobermory 10yo 1993 (43%, Signatory, Ledaig) R-2, M-2
    Tobermory 10yo (43%, Original Bottling, WFSF07, Ledaig) R-4, M-5
    Tobermory 10yo (40%, Original Bottling) R-2, M-2
    Tobermory 15yo (43%, Original Bottling, Ledaig) R-4, M-
    Tobermory 20yo (43%, Original Bottling, Ledaig) R-6, M-6
    Tobermory NAS (43%, Original Bottling, Port Finish - Ledaig) R-4, M-
    Tobermory NAS (42%, Original Bottling, Sherry Finish - Ledaig) R-3, M-

As far as your direct question we score out of a 10 point scale.

0 Truly undrinkable, actively offensive
1 Very flawed, will not finish
2 Not a lot there, not complex, unbalanced
3 Not complex, but shows some promise, more balanced
4 Good, drinkable, can have flaws
5 Performs well on some aspects
6 Very good
7 Highly enjoyable, increasing complexity
8 Excellent
9 Malt O' The Minor Gods
10 Malt O' The Gods

The Tobermory only got a 2 which is pretty low on our scale, but not the worst. Then the 15yo gets to a 4 and the 20yo gets to a 6. At 6 on our scale you are dealing with a very drinkable and enjoyable beverage. I cannot give you any notes on these beverages, it would be a research project to find them, and it has been a while.

I would think it would be a function of price for me. The 15yo would be an okay beverage if the price was on the cheep side. And the 20yo would be okay at a good price.

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Re: Ledaig 15 and 20

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:21 am

I think the real problem with this distillery is the variability of bottlings. I have had some great stuff from Ledaig (possibly an 8 on Mikey and Ganga's scale), usually in independents though, but I have also had rubbish. I would recommend that you don't spend a lot of money on the bottlings from this distillery unless there is nothing else you want to try.

But, don't ignore it! It is capable of producing good stuff. Keep trying it at tastings and shows, (if you have access to such things), and when you find a good one then grab a few, because it does have a distinctive character (even on a wet day).

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Re: Ledaig 15 and 20

Postby mikeymad » Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:17 am

Cheers Willie, I very much agree with your statements.

thanks for the pic.

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Re: Ledaig 15 and 20

Postby lohssanami » Wed Jan 16, 2008 4:07 am

Yeah...I like the pic Willie.

I'll definitely keep an open mind about this distillery, and thanks for the detailed help in your post Mikeymad. All of this certainly helps me out.

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Postby Wave » Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:40 am

Another thanks for the pic Willie, I remember it well! Their tour wasn't much to talk about but the setting and the rest of the town was pleasant enough, and on a sunny day too!


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Re: Ledaig 15 and 20

Postby corbuso » Wed Jan 16, 2008 10:35 am

I am not very keen on the Ledaig or Tobermory. The Tobermory is a correct whisky (i.e., drinkable), which has no left me extraordinary memories. The quality is quite average. However, in the early 1970s , the distillery has produced some beautiful Tobermory and Ledaig. If you can, go for the vintage 1972. From what I read, the Tobermory and Ledaigs distilled now are promising.

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Re: Ledaig 15 and 20

Postby lohssanami » Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:18 am

corbuso wrote:...From what I read, the Tobermory and Ledaigs distilled now are promising.

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Promising news indeed!
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