Ledaig (peated Tobermory) 1996 Connoisseurs Choice by Gordon and MacPhail was bottled in 2013. Matured in refill remade Hogsheads, the young age does show, putting this dram more on the mediocre side.
According to Ralfy, whisky from Tobermory distillery tend to need much aging. The new version of the 10 year old single malt whisky in Tobermory’s core range is very good. 10 year old, being right on the border of young and old whisky.
Though an okay dram, I really wanted more of the salty sea breeze. Ledaig 1996 Connoisseurs Choice had a bit of that feel but it could have had more like a storm twisting on the palate. More character on the light body!
Saying it in movie talk yet again, I wanted a Storm Chasers whisky but I got just the Wind. Light drama instead of heavy action and drama.
Nose: Peat and citrus are the main show. Malt and earthly notes as well. Very light nose.
Taste: Citrus and green fruits with malt and peat. Salty sea breeze is rising on the back but stays light all the way.
Finish: Need I say, light finish. Malt with dry and salty sea breeze.
Balance: I feel like I crushed this Ledaig in my review. I tend to get that way with light drams, even with a score of 80 (which isn’t bad).
Nose: 20 | Taste: 20 | Finish: 20 | Balance: 20
Overall score: 80
Region: Isle of Mull
Bottled by: Gordon and MacPhail