Distillery Bottlings

Posted 28 June 2018

Tobermory have never really subscribed to the NAS movement, preferring a combination of age statements and/or vintages for their whiskies. Their heavily peated whisky - Ledaig - reintroduced by the then owners Burn Stewart carried its most recent NAS badge way back in 2005. But, since then the brand has certainly gained traction, momentum and a steadily building number of fans. It’s not a whisky that everyone gets along with – indeed, it’s highly idiosyncratic – mixing up the aromas and flavours of BBQ meats, burnt rubber and sweet fruits. This doesn’t sound like it should work – but more often than not it does. Whilst whisky enthusiasts are currently spoilt for choice, there’s an abundance of very similar profiles out there - if you’re looking for something unique, look no further than Ledaig.

Posted 02 January 2018

After a short break over the Christmas period, The Dramble is back in action for 2018. We’ve got a lot planned for our second year – new site features, new resources and of course, our daily tasting notes. So, let’s get straight to it with our first note of 2018 – Tobermory 10 year old.

Posted 23 July 2018

Depending on where you look you’ll find a variety of definitions for types of sherry – from the simplistic – just sweet or dry, though to gradations which include grape varietals, aging regimes (biological or oxidative) and sweetness levels. It’s a complicated category with just as many myths as facts. Today we’re looking at one of the more unusual types – Palo Cortado. Palo Cortado is a hybrid sherry – in effect a halfway house between amontillado and oloroso, possessing the nutty nose of the former with the rich body of the latter. Traditionally, it would have been created through happenstance – with a biologically aged sherry losing its layer of protective flor and then continuing its development oxidatively.

Posted 08 October 2018

Distell’s range of 2018 limited edition whiskies are coming to the market in somewhat of a drip feed - no bad thing, it’s allows the company to focus its attention on promoting each of its distillery’s and brands in turn. We’ve already covered the Deanston Brandy Cask, so now it’s the turn of Mull-based Tobermory who’s 1st entry in the series has recently been released.

Posted 10 September 2018

I view Ledaig a little like a rite of passage for whisky enthusiasts – it’s something to build up to – often having already sampled (and enjoyed) a variety of other peated drams. Ledaig is about as far from a starter whisky as you can get - it possesses a highly idiosyncratic character and flavour profile that I can fully understand some folks never quite understanding. But, there’s an uncanny number of die-hard malt heads who’ve graduated from the heathery peat of the mainland and iodine-licked smoke of Islay and then gravitate towards Tobermory’s heavily peated Ledaig – me included.

Posted 10 October 2018

Of all the distillates I’ve tasted, I find the appeal of Ledaig the hardest to communicate. To a non-whisky drinker (and even to some die-hard enthusiasts), the idea that a beverage can smell and taste of burnt rubber, cheese or fruity meats and yet still be deemed as tasty seems fairly alien.

Independent Bottlings


Posted 13 December 2017

We’re at the mid-way point in the Boutique-y Advent Calendar and today’s offering is an 18 year old Ledaig. Bottled at 51.7% and showing off the heavily peated side of Mull-based distillery Tobermory.


Posted 15 November 2018

Never one to pass up the opportunity to review a Ledaig (it’s a firm Dramble favourite). This one has spent 10 years in a refill hogshead before being bottled at 54.3% ABV. 304 bottles were produced at £67.99 – this is showing as sold out on the Claxton’s website – but the company sells to a bunch of worldwide retailers so you might well be able to pick it up elsewhere.

Elixir Distillers

Posted 01 October 2018

2018 marked the 10th anniversary of the London Whisky Show – a highlight on the calendar of many whisky enthusiasts, the event draws a growing crowd from across the word. This year’s event was held under the banner of ‘The Future of Whisky’ – a rather broad and nascent theme, but, one which organisers The Whisky Exchange ably managed to embed and emphasise across many of the talks, side events and exhibition stands throughout the weekend. Whilst I remain entirely unconvinced by either the present, or the future of non-alcoholic whisky, this years’ themed show bottlings impressed me on several levels.


Posted 12 February 2018

Originally established in London’s Spitalfield in 2006, Hawksmoor has developed a reputation as one of London’s best steak-houses. Now with four restaurants in the capital and one in Manchester, the chain offers meat and cocktail lovers a best of both worlds with high quality (and sometimes unusual) cuts of beef, and well thought-out unfussy cocktails. In each venue as well as cocktails, a selection of real ales and a surprisingly deep wine list, you’ll also find a fair number of whiskies from around the world behind the bar. In touch with the current whisky zeitgeist, Hawksmoor have decided to produce their own single cask bottling for their restaurants – this takes the form of the ‘Clerk of the Works’ - an 11 year old Ledaig.

Signatory Vintage

Posted 24 October 2017

Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull has had a stormy history. Opened in 1798 as both a brewery and distillery (under the original name of Ledaig) the site has had quite a few periods of closure over the past 200 years, most recently in 1982 when several of its buildings were converted into holiday homes. In 1993 The distillery was bought for the seemingly low sum of £800,000 by Burn Stewart Distillers who began the process of turning it all around.


Posted 05 April 2018

Over to Mull, and Tobermory distillery for some of their peated whisky – Ledaig. This one has been matured for 9 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead before being transferred in to a customised cask – A charred 1st fill wine barrique fitted with heavily toasted heads. Peated profile.

Posted 05 January 2018

42 is either Tobermory, or Ledaig –  this one is definitely Ledaig. Its spent 8 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead and then was transferred to in to a new oak barrique for a final year of finishing. Peated profile.

Posted 06 July 2018

This oddly named Ledaig (released during a heatwave in the UK) has been matured in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead for 9 years. Peated profile.

Posted 09 November 2017

SMWS code 42 is Tobermory, but Tobermory produces both unpeated, and peated spirit in the form of Ledaig. I’m pretty sure this is the former of the two. Distilled on 3rd March, this was matured for 12 years in a refill ex-Bourbon barrel. One of 204 bottles. Oily & Coastal flavour profile.

Posted 29 November 2018

42 covers two distinct styles – this one definetely seems like it’s Tobermory rather than Ledaig (boo!). It’s been matured since 2005 in a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel. Oily & Coastal profile.



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