Exclusive Malts 2005 Ledaig (distilled at Tobermory), 57.6%

Price: $90 Issue: Winter 2014 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Bottled at 8 years of age as part of Exclusive Malts' U.S. Batch 5, this is a relatively youthful expression of the peated Ledaig spirit produced at Tobermory distillery. The nose is full-on and vibrant, with seaweed, brine, peat, black pepper, and new leather. The palate opens with a big punch of spicy peat, then sweet cereal notes and more black pepper. Hot smoke and spice in the medium-length finish, with a hint of coal.