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Ledaig, Sherry Finish (Scotland)
Ledaig (pronounced led-chig) is the name given to peated whisky produced in Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull. Such is the current vogue for peated whiskies that Ledaig now comprises around 50 per cent of the distillery’s annual output of one million litres of alcohol, with the first six months of each year being dedicated to Ledaig production. Ledaig malt is sourced from Port Ellen maltings on Islay and is peated to between 35 and 40ppm, approximately the same level as Lagavulin. As Tobermory owners Burn Stewart Distillers Ltd seek to take their brands up market, both the ‘standard’ Ledaig with no age statement and this Sherry-finished version, which is around five years old, are being discontinued in favour of a 10-year-old expression. Despite its youth, exemplified by an initially somewhat feinty nose, this is an eminently enjoyable whisky, with Sherry, nuts and spice developing as the feints fade, while the palate nicely balances sweet Sherry notes with dry smoke and pepper. The comparatively long finish features spices and sweet peat. Available for considerably less than £20 in some outlets, it may pay to buy this bottling while stocks last. At this price you can afford to acquire some to drink and a couple of bottles to hide away - just in case in 10 years’ time it is selling for £100 a bottle on e-bay! 42.0% ABV, 70cl, £18.95, specialist whisky merchants.

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