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Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old PX Cask Finish Review

5th October 2018
Review of Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old PX Cask Finish Distell 2018 Malt Whisky Collection.

Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old PX Cask FinishThis Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old PX Cask Finish is one of two Ledaig 19 year old expressions in Distell's inaugural Malt Whisky Collection.

The whisky spent 18 years maturing in traditional oak whisky casks before being selected by Ledaig's senior blender to be finished for almost 2 years in newly acquired (at the time) PX casks. Bottled at Cask Strength, 55.7% ABV, natural colour and non chill filtered this is a limited release of 360 bottles within the UK.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Cadburys fruit and nut, vanilla and mature oak and some gentle smoke.

Taste: Dusty vanilla, Demerara sugar, burnt raisins, orange, crushed almonds, some spice and a little dark chocolate all with a gentle peat smoke coating. The grape, vanilla and oak spice combine wonderfully.

Finish: Deliciously long and lingering, the sugars and fruits just hang on for an age before bowing out to leave some light smoke and sweet oak spice.

Comment: They say the cask makes the whisky and in comparison to the Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish in this inaugural Distell Limited Release Malt Collection this has never been more true. OK perhaps the comparison is a little bit unfair as the Oloroso finish has been bottle at a lower strength than this PX cask finsih but all the same it makes an interesting comparison.

Back to this Ledaig 1998 19 Year Old PX Cask Finish, a great example of just how good this distillery can be at his age.

SMW Score 92/100

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