Surmis68 says on October 25, 2021
|Whisky||Ledaig Sinclair Series Rioja Cask|
What a surprise! Very sweet on the nose but not as much when you send it down. Quite smoky but not overwhelmingly. There was a quite unique sensation during the tasting when several times it felt like I was drinking very dry red wine. And the colour, oh man, the colour...
Very nice colour.
Fruity and smokey. Like it more with every sip.
An interesting offering from Ledaig. Certainly not a failed attempt at a finish from them. The colour is a lovely pink rose that has definitely taken from the Rioja casks. The Ledaig characteristics shine through with notes of berries and jammy fruits.
Smoked jam, yeasty, grapes and cinnamon.
Peat smoke, berries, definate wine influence, dark chocolate and bitter.
Long bitter with berry hints.
Sweet fruity and smokey. The wine cask finish works very good with this ledaig. They nailed it... And the price is pretty decent as well.
Starker Rauch, viel Süße, Weinaromen mit einem herber werdenden Eichenfinish
Starker Rauch mit einem Hauch Meeresbrise, im Hintergrund leichte süße
Der Rauch weicht der Süße und einem Weinaroma, etwas Vanille. Wird zum Ende hin etwas herber
Eichenoten mit einer leichten Süße, der Rauch rückt immer weiter nach hinten
Imagine the 10Y with an extra layer of red berries/dark wild-berries. Ashy, light citrus, malty and oaky tones. Then comes the fruitiness and spiciness, like a nice chilly catch/papery flavours. Medium long finish and the several layers linger in your mouth for several long seconds. Lovely!
Tasted it, then bought two more bottles. It's a peaty, fruity beauty.
This is a surprisingly well sorted whisky for what is a very entry level price point. The first release in a new series of as yet unknown releases I think this does really well for itself.
"Matured in bourbon casks and finished in hand selected Rioja casks" has given this whisky an interesting twist on the similarly priced 10 year old and it presents much richer fruits than that whisky is capable of.
Despite not carrying an age statement (which couldn't bother me if it tried) it doesn't feel like this is a rough and ready youngster that hasn't had any care put into it. Sure, it isn't going to blow you away but I can't imagine you could expect it to for the price.
Honestly I would highly recommend this and I am now really keen to try it back to back with the 10 (and frankly any and all other Ledaig's I can get my hands on).
What an interesting nose this is! It is both soft but decently full. Lots of honey roasted nuts, raisins, grapes and whispering smoke all wrapped up in some lovely bourbon cask vanillas.
Quite spicy and juicy immediately, more of the nuttiness from the nose coming through first. Some bright fresh red apples and that ashy Ledaig smoke are also present and correct.
Maybe mid-length and nicely ashy. The fruit subsides fairly quickly but that cask influence certainly adds a touch more than pure bourbon casks would have been able to provide.
Fruity and smoky. Spicy rosé wine, bitter chocolate and a Schwarzwalder cake on the barbecue.
Sure, some additional years in the cask could add a bit more layers and sophistication, but it's already aged to a tasty liquid. Excellent value for money.
All kinds of red fruit: strawberry, blackberry, blueberry and red apple skin with slightly burnt, sticky cola rubbed spare ribs. Smokey, fruity and a tad sour.
This tastes like a fire in a rosé warehouse. Raspberry, spicy piri piri chicken and thick smoke. Slightly metallic.
Cherry cola, dark chocolate and ash.
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