The story of handcrafted Ledaig 42YO begins on the Isle of
Mull at Tobermory Distillery, the only distillery on the island and amongst the
oldest commercial distilleries in Scotland. Named Dùsgadh, meaning ‘awakening’
in Scot’s Gaelic, reflecting the long, dormant period of maturation, this is the
rarest and oldest Ledaig ever released. At the start of the 19th century Ledaig
had a good run, but by 1837 fell on hard times and was subsequently mothballed
for 41 years. It reopened in 1878 and operated under a succession of owners
until it was purchased in 1916 by Distillers Company Limited. Just 14 years
later it was closed again. Ledaig is only produced for
approximately four months each year. For the rest of the year, the regular
non-peaty Tobermory spirit is made.
The heavy intensity of Ledaig 42YO makes it an ideal digestif, or accompaniment
to a fine cigar. This depth also means that it is best enjoyed neat. Like all of
the malts in the Burn Stewart portfolio, Ledaig 42YO is un-chilfiltered,
ensuring that more of the whisky’s natural aroma, flavor and texture remain in
the bottle, deepening the taste. After such a long maturation many of the young
and punchy smoke notes have settled right down and become the glowing embers at
the end of an evening on a beach bonfire. The taste is complex: sweeter than
expected, with traces of sherry and dried fruits before the smoke kicks in,
leaving a salty aftertaste.
The luxurious packaging which houses Ledaig 42YO has been inspired by the copper
from the retired stills, which released the first spirit in 1972 and has finally
reached the end of its distilling life. The aged copper has been used as part of
the Ledaig 42YO packaging to celebrate this milestone and honor its rich
Ledaig 42 Year Old Dusgadh
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"This Ledaig is the smokiest whisky of its age." One of
only 500 bottles and bottled at 46.3% volume.
As an appreciation of our customer’s
commitment to Ledaig, each box of Ledaig 42YO contains a handcrafted copper
card, which entitles the buyer to inherit a bottle of Ledaig 10YO from the last
distillate from the now retired stills, which will be available in 2024.
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