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Ledaig 20 yo 1972 James MacArthur 53.8% vs Ledaig 21 yo 1972 James MacArthur 54.2% vs Ledaig 18 yo James MacArthur 54.4% vs Ledaig 18 yo James MacArthur 55.2% vs Ledaig 23 yo 1972 for LMdW 51.9%

 

Merry Christmas! Here’s a bunch of 1972 Ledaigs, the high water mark for this behemoth whisky.

Ledaig 20 yo 1972 James MacArthur 53.8%

This one is clean, maritime and pristine yet oily. Could be a Caol Ila really. Sea lashed wool sweaters, strung nets ready for use on a sunny seaside morning, fisherman’s friend, lemon rind, blown ash, salt spray, cold oiled things. Cold vegetable oil, lubricants and tobacco. It goes without saying that all these Ledaigs are hugely peaty, but this one does seem dialed to 9 rather than 11. 91 pts

Ledaig 21 yo 1972 James MacArthur 54.2%

As expected, close to the 53.8%, with those same intense peat and salty maritime notes, but this one trades pristineness for earthy phenols. I find clods of grimey musty earth, coal and sooty hurricane lamps. Oily copper pans on dirty stoves. Discarded tea leaves in the bin, wet leather, a little gamey even. Still a massive peater whose profile leans more to narrow than wide. 91 pts

Ledaig 18 yo James MacArthur 54.4%

Back to a pristine and salty profile. And this one is monumental. Tremendously peaty and maritime but also cutting with acid and sharp flints and lemon zest. Overtones of sharp green herbs (parsley and fennel maybe), sharp sharp sharp white salt, and carbonic acid. Unburnt cigars, unburnt firewood. Cold stoves and old soot. Chiselled and absolutely colossal. 92.5 pts Best of the line up

Ledaig 18 yo James MacArthur 55.2%

Another giant, probably the most concentrated and closed of the line up. This gloved fist is again centred on immense peat (of course) and the sea, but somewhat less exacting than that 54.4%. Oily with lanolin, sea worn wool, rock salt, cold lubricants, salty minerals. Lots of lozenges, Mentholatum and cold ash. Dried spearmint and thyme dust blowing about. Clean rubber, grapefruit pith, it has a real gravity to it. And it goes on and on and on. Ledaig when great is up there with the best Islay. 92 pts

Ledaig 23 yo 1972 for LMdW 51.9%

And a sherried one. Famous bottling by LMdW and naturally the richest profile of the evening. It all comes thick, fast and superlative. Dry firewood, tar molten resins, charred bits on hot grills, smoked meats, dry aromatic overtones in monochrome purple, coal, oily peat, chunky shovels of wet grimy earth, concentrated builders tea. A smoothie of liquefied leather, tobacco and ash. Wet sackcloth and sea mud. A sensory buffet of extremities. Would have been the best of the lot for one who prefers this style. 91 pts

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