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Shuttered in 1930, Ledaig (ledch-egg) reopened in 1972 with new stills installed and a hopeful belief in the future. The oldest and rarest expression from the distillery, this is the last of the spirit from the inaugural run on those new stills, which were retired in 2014. Aged in a variety of hogsheads and butts until 2001 when it was all transferred to Oloroso Sherry casks, this is the smokiest whisky of this age we've tasted. Often when whisky is left to age for this long it loses that smoky overtone. It is by not overwhelming and there are nice leathery, fruity notes with touches of sweetness and saline that balance this nicely. The palate is a harmonious melody of gingery spice, cigar box and oak, with a toffee-laden finish to round it all out. Simply delicious, and among the rarest releases in Scotland this year with only 500 bottles produced. The packaging is stunning and includes a copper card that entitles the purchaser to a bottle of the last spirit off the now retired stills, called Deanta, when it comes of age in 10 years' time. Buy one now, get one later, now, that's a deal we can get behind!
Tobermory distillery's greatest secret and real hidden treasure lies at the end of the pier in an area known as Ledaig, meaning "safe haven" in the gaelic tongue. Established in 1798, Tobermory distillery is the only one on the Isle of Mull and one of the oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. Its old world charm reflects the Tobermory spirit to do things the old fashioned way, by hand. The distillery is very unique in that it produces two very distinctly different malt whiskies, the lightly peated Tobermory and the more robustly peated Ledaig.