This 11 year old aged in a first fill sherry barrel. While most sherry barrels in Scotland were deconstructed before shipping from Spain and then re-coopered, this barrel was kept whole and went from holding Sherry to Whisky in a short length of time. As a result the spirit picks up rich nut and spice notes to balance out Ledaig’s 39 parts per million of peat phenols. The nose of this youthful 11 year old shows aromas of roasted and salted peanuts, mesquite smoke, charred sweet potatoes and bar-b-qued peaches and nectarines. The palate is rich and textured with summer spice, campfire, and charred stone fruits. D&M Tasting Notes
1 st. Fill Sherry Butt. Distilled: 11/ 8/ 2005, Bottled 7/31/2017 Cask #900157 Cask Strength 56.9% ABV
From the last remaining distillery on the Isle of Mull: Tobermory aka Ledaig. Before we get to far into the history of the distillery, we will begin with distillery names when they produce a peated malt. In the pre-modern era, a distillery would produce only one ‘recipe:’ 100% malted barley dried on site using floor maltings with whatever fuel was locally available. Scotland is not a nation known for its trees and is covered by around 23% peat bogs, so peat was the natural default fuel source. In the last half century distilleries have become specialists in a single function: distilling; instead of cottage industries unto themselves. Largely gone are the days of a team to malt the barley, on-site dedicated coopers, and all the ageing whisky remaining on distillery grounds. As distilleries largely now order their malted barley from centralized malting facilities, the distillery can (if they so choose) choose a ‘recipe’ of malted barley peated to a higher phenol level than is the historical norm. In a move to not confuse their end customers most of these distilleries use a separate name for their peated offerings: Springbank/Longrow, Bruichladdich/Port Charlotte, Loch Lomond/Croftengea, Bunnahabbhain/Staoisha, and Tobermory/Ledaig.
Ledaig is one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. From this fount of whisky making two names are used; The Ledaig name is historical and represents their peated offerings while Tobermory represents their modern expression and the name of the town they call home. Tobermory the town was founded as a fishing port in 1788 by the British Fisheries Society and laid out by the great Scottish engineer Thomas Telford, known in his day as The Colossus of Roads . Less than a decade after the founding of the burgh, a local kelp merchant by the name of John Sinclair applied to open a distillery. In 1797 when John Sinclair initially applied to open a distillery, Great Britain was engaged in its third year of War with France. As there was a ban on distilling to save grain for the army first and the people second, his request was rejected. The authorities told him he could build a brewery, but John was uninterested. He waited a year and was granted the right to build a distillery in 1798, which he named Ledaig.
John built the buildings that exist to this day and began making distillate. Whisky production continued for the next 39 years before going into an extended period of closure. In 1878 Tobermory/ Ledaig was reopened and produced whisky through the first great Scotch whisky bubble, and for a handful of owners until it was shut down again in 1930. During its next four decades of closure, the buildings of Tobermory were used to house soldiers during World War II and as a power station for the island. Tobermory as we know it today stuttered back to life in 1972 when it was reopened for whisky production. The 1970s were not a time remembered for their stability in the whisky world, and Tobermory went through a series of openings and closures through the 1980s. It was during this time that the warehouses for aging whisky were converted to apartments, so the distillate of Tobermory/ Ledaig began to be transported for aging at Deanston and Bunnahabain. This history has been somewhat stabilized in the last 20 years with a new whisky maker of note. Ian MacMillan can speak to 40+ years in the Scotch Whisky industry, of which the last 22 years has been at the helm of Tobermory/ Ledaig. Michael Kennel, D&M
Ledaig 11 YR Signatory Bottling Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Brand: Ledaig
- Availability: In Stock
- Quantity Available: 11
- SKU #: 7312