Ledaig 21 year old OP
For roughly three months of the year, Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull creates a heavily peated spirit which they bottle under the name Ledaig, the old gaelic name for the town. The ten year old is matured in ex bourbon casks and un chill filtered for a rich, oily whisky.
The nose has coconut and vanilla, and light corn husks (what? A bourbon cask?). And some very interesting, creamy, tropical fruit – mangosteen and guanabana.
The palate is full of malt, light vegetal notes (fennel frongs, celery leaf), with a good dose of fresh oak in the mix as well. The tropical notes continue on as well. Not a whole lot of peat or smoke to be found when it is watered down, if not for a touch of ash on the creamy, tropical finish.
The finish has oak, vanilla, and holds lots of oaky spices. And a touch of sooty peat. The tropical nature continues. And some wood tannins. At first, I thought this lacked good integration and complexity – but as I have taken more time with it my opinion has changed, although it is still quite subtle.