Ledaig single malt is produced by Tobermory Distillery on the Isle of Mull. The distillery was established in 1798 by local merchant John Sinclair.
It experienced long periods of closures, from 1837 to 1878 and from 1930 to 1972. Between 1972 and 1975 it operated as Ledaig Distillery but ended up in bankruptcy. In 1993 the distillery was acquired by current owners, Burn Stewart Distillers. Ledaig (Gaelic for ‘safe heaven’), a peated version of Tobermory, was introduced soon after Burn Stewart took over the operations. It is distilled from malt with phenol specification of 35-40 ppm. The 10 years old expression was launched in 2007 and the following year scored gold medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition.
Nose: smoky and fruity, slightly vegetal, apples, pears, vanilla, white chocolate, breakfast cereals, walnuts and hints of iodine.
Palate: pretty rich, peat smoke, vanilla, caramel, salted butter, white pepper, ginger, juicy apples and grapes and notes of charred oak.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of vanilla, cloves, sea salt and gentle peat smoke.