Submitted by Philip Storry on
9 years old, distilled 5th October 2006, 59.3% abv, refill ex-bourbon barrel, 210 bottles
The nose has crisp smoke - cardboard thrown on an autumnal garden bonfire - and then thyme and oregano. There's also a hint of bicycle chain oiliness. The mouthfeel is thick, with a little waxy cling. The body has more of that smoke, then lemon and a hint of brine, followed by more memories of bicycle repairs. The finish is smoke, citrus and a little sea breeze.
I don't want to add water, but here we go... It brings out thick, expanding mottling that expands and then settles into mottling that sticks to the bottom of the glass like wallpaper. The nose has more of the herbal notes, and a little sea breeze. The body has a little less waxiness, but gains thyme and sage. The finish gains more citrus and smoke.
Islay, watch out - Ledaig is coming, and it's very serious about your throne. This is a dram for the cold nights, or a cutting shoreline wind on an otherwise warm night.