Ledaig (pronounced led-chig), meaning safe haven in Gaelic, is made at the Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull, an inner Hebridean island directly north of Islay and Jura. The distillery was established in 1823, but has been inactive for long periods of its life. In 2002 it was taken over by Burn Stewart and has since gone from strength to strength. About half the production is the lightly peated Tobermory, half the more peaty Ledaig. You may find a cheap no-age-statement Ledaig in supermarkets, but it is worth spending the extra to get this excellent higher strength ten year old.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Sweet and herbal, custardy, oaty, citrus and hot tarmac.
Palate: Meadowsweet, lemon peel, seaweed, sour peat and late vanilla.
Retails for around £35-40