Ledaig 1993 cQs

Overall rating
85.48/100
votes
108
Whiskybase ID
WB139751
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
casQueteers (cQs)
Vintage
05.03.1993
Bottled
10.09.2019
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
243
Strength
48.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
01 oct 2019 12:28 pm by gooos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 175.00

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Whisky reviews for Ledaig 1993 cQs

22 users have left 22 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.48 points.

  1. Erik1908 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ledaig is one of those distilleries where you always can rely on. Once in the glass, you know: yes this is Ledaig. But not this one. A very unusual, hardly peated and hardly smoky Ledaig. That is applicable for nose as well as taste. But is it a bad one? For sure not! It is pretty subtle and gentle. Fruity and citrus notes. Medium long to long finish.

    Conclusion: a gentleman's Ledaig!
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. dramidaris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla Pod

    Casqueteers is a brotherhood of whisky lovers that purchase a cask every now and then in which you can buy a part (I have quite a few myself and am patiently awaiting bottling). The recently bottled a single cask Ledaig from 1993, giving it the wonderful age of 26 years. It’s a sister cask of the one I just tried from The Single Cask. Only, this one is much less expensive with its price tag of 175 EUR. Both casks – this #243 and the recently tried #245 – were both put down on 5th March 1993. This one matured for some six months longer and was bottled on the 10th September 2019. The ABV is slightly lower, the color a shade paler.

    The nose is a lot sweeter on buttermilk, vanilla and orchard fruit. Nothing tropical here, but nevertheless a fine nose. Surprisingly enough I get hardly any peat and even less spices. Hint of jute bags, chalk and yoghurt. Pleasant.

    The body is fine, as is the strength. Nicely prickling sensation upon arrival, but immediately honeysweet. Banana, yoghurt and a truckload of vanilla. Almost like licking a vanilla pod. Some ginger, white pepper and liquorice.

    The finish lasts forever, is sweet, peppery and smoky.

    It’s quite different from sister cask #245, but equally good. I have a sneaky feeling that the sister cask was actually a sherry hogshead, while this one is most likely a bourbon cask. Tip: pour it and then leave it for ten minutes. You will thank me later.

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is a very odd Ledaig. I have the feeling that I’m drinking an unpeated Tobermory actually. Enough is said about the ridiculous scores these so called ‘super admins’ have to this whisky. It’s just so unprofessional. No this is not one for the high score list, but it’s also not rubbish.
    • Nose
      The nose is somewhat shy. Time and hand warmth do only little to open things up. The nose is soft and earthy. Mild grains and sweet spices. This cask had not been very active I guess. The subtle notes are being dominated by dried herbs.
    • Taste
      On the palate I get vanilla yogurt, spirity character and again that earthy/dirt-like. Sweet orchard fruits dominate the palate.
    • Finish
      In the finish I get loads of dried herbs, dried oak and some ripe fruits.
      I think it’s fair enough to say a 3cl sample is not enough to give a trustworthy opinion about this whisky.

  5. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Banzai scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. Cubey666 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      sugar, grapes, vanilla, hint of smoke, delightfully dirty, cumin, creamy, anice, cooked vegetables
    • Taste
      85 85
      vanilla, some dirty smoke, veggies, custard, hint of plastic / garbage bag, earthy
    • Finish
      84 84
      long, vanilla, greens, parsley, dirt, earthy, rather rough

  8. Skiddilly scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Zjoske scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    When I first tasted this immediately after opening the bottle the cardboard taste others have mentioned was quite unpleasant. Now however, two months after opening, that cardboard is gone completely. What remains is a very nice citrus-fruity, lightly smoked whisky, which lacks a certain punch, but makes up for it in a subtle, gentle way.

  10. squaadgras scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  11. MikerG2k scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. MaltMartin scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    This whisky has obviously caused some controversy, so time for a proper tasting in my own dedicated tasting room under controlled circumstances! This tasting note is actually based on two samples of the same whisky; 1) a first sample from the final half-filled bottle by the broker who couldn't fill a complete bottle from the cask anymore (and of which the initial samples from Whiskybase were detracted), and 2) a second sample from an official full bottle. In my view, the second sample is the 'better' one, in particular on the taste. There might be a kind of logic for that if you look at the phase of bottling of both samples. Still not a whisky I would buy a whole bottle though. But don't shoot me on this, it's just my personal opinion:-)
    • Nose
      The nose starts very greenish, with cut grass, nettle and apple-mint. Followed by juniper berries and eucalyptus. Cumin seed. Later on less enjoyable associations of wet coardboard. Varnish as well. Not that promising to be honest. Sample 1 has a slightly more rough edge than sample 2 which has some more sweetness of barley sugar. Blindly, I wouldn't have guessed this was Ledaig. I would argue for its unpeated sister Tobermory which issued a lot mid 1990's whisky's with this quirky musty profile.
    • Taste
      Now more on citrus fruit of lemon, lime and peel zest. In particular sample 2 has a nice punchy acidness, while sample 1 remains quite bitter and austere. both samples have distinguished hints of peat at the background, but sample 2 is cleaner and more 'lively' than sample 1.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Very dry. Vicks cough pastilles. Pine at the background. There's not much difference between the two samples. In my humble opinion this whisky is not very well balanced. The nose is weird and not very enjoyable, the taste is better though with fruitiness intermingled with gentle peatiness. I would rate sample 1 definitely below 80 points, sample 2 slightly above 80 points. On average: 80 points.

  13. gertvt scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This definitely needs time in the glass. Initially a little weird, but after some 15 minutes it really comes alive. Also it's more peaty than I expected based on some of the other comments here. There's definitely peat to be found (mainly on the nose) but it's quite subtle. I actually like this a lot.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Toasted twigs, a sour note (pickles), salted butter, greasy, meaty, pancakes with bacon, sweet mashed potato, some unripe fruits (apples?), paksoi.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very oily and buttery, also savory and meaty, almost like licking the grease from a used frying pan. A nice sourness, but not the fruity kind, more like a sweeter style of gherkins. Also some liquorice and a note of black pepper.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long: a continuation of the taste with an emphasis on savory notes, butter and liquorice.

  15. JNuyts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  16. Steven79 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Compared to the later Ledaig, this one is definately different, no peat or hints of smoke at all. Fruitiness and some sweetness, with unfortunately also some pretty prominent bitter notes.
    Those bitter notes are not really unpleasant or something, but it looks like it prevends other flavours from coming to the surface. Not very complex or impressive to me, but still a good whisky though.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, pretty strong alcohol. Apples, oranges, citrus. And some grassy notes. Later on more fresh wood comes in, chipboard or something alike.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Fruity and sweet, pretty strong, some pepper. Then some hard-to-define bitterness comes in, with a sour note underneath. orangezest maybe. And a hint of licorice.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Still some bitterness, with this sour note aside. Again some licorice, some pepper as well. Middlelong, with the bitterness remaining.

  18. whiskybros scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    The discussion about this whisky seems to be rather personal than about the whisky.
    These extremes don't seem valid in the least.
    What surprises us the most is Tijmen being familiar with the taste of garbage bags.
    We're tasting it with a group of people and we all seem to like it.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The nose is very subtle and it needs a lot of time to open up. It's not peaty, that's for sure, it has dried grass, citrus and a very subtle hint of smoke.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste itself is lovely, the age seem to have balanced it really well. At first it's rather sweet with hints of apples, berries.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Because of it's complex and subtle flavors the finish is not prominent.
      This whisky needs a lot of time as stated before. Our expectation is that it will only improve over time after being open for a couple of weeks.
      This is not a starter's whisky

  19. Tijmen scored this whisky 67 points Super Administrator

    I have to agree with Danilo on this whisky. I cannot detect any peat and I really don't like this whisky at all. It smells very yeasty and funky. Artificial orange yoghurt, juniper berries, wet cardboard and KOMO garbage bag.

  20. shaven scored this whisky 100 points Expert Junior

    Best whisky in the world, definitely a 100.
    No need to rate it 67 and 68 when you know how the rating system works on whiskybase.
    68 is below a Johnnie walker red label when compared on this site, these "super administrators" can hardly be taken seriously.
    Also curious, where did you taste it? Or did you hear about this malt from someone else? Take a look around at other Ledaigs from that period, they all seem to be less smoky than the current ones. I Strongly doubt this is written with any reference.

    When 2 "super administrators" come up with the same score, we can all question their so called unbiased opinion. Comparing the taste with a garbage bag doesn't seem to be objective at all.

  21. danilo scored this whisky 68 points Super Administrator

    The nose is sweet, grainy, yeasty and feinty. With notes of yoghurt, new wood, elderflower, beer, sourdough, mashed potatoes, oat milk, ink, cardboard and plasticine. Not really elegant so far.

    The taste is bitter with cardboard, lemon, stale beer, gin, apple and plasticine.

    Finish is dry with cardboard, stale beer, tea and a gin like bitterness.

  22. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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