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.