The inaugural release of Tobermory Distillery’s Sinclair series, Ledaig Rioja cask finish is an innovative bottling inspired by the sinking of a Spanish galleon of the coast of Tobermory distillery some 400 years ago. This first release has been made with heavily peated barley and a combination of ex-Bourbon and hand selected Rioja casks in honour of the Spanish galleon and the treasures that lay within.
Vibrant ruby red in colour with a beautiful, almost rosé hue. The nose comes alive with powerful aromas of peat smoke, citrus fruits and dark chocolate complimented by cracked pepper and a lingering, maritime saltiness. The palate is creamy and packed full of complex flavours of black raspberry, roasted nuts, cracked pepper and sweet vanilla notes imparted from the Rioja cask finish and interspersed with cinnamon spice and Ledaig’s signature mouth-watering peat smoke finish. Ledaig Sinclair Rioja cask finish is a fantastic first release and the very definition of Ledaig’s expressive nature.
In 1797 John Sinclair, an innovative kelp merchant, applied for a lease of land known as Ledaig – pronounced ‘letch-ick’ – which means ‘safe haven’. After Sinclair’s first application was rejected, he persevered, remained true to his original vision and, a year later, the distillery was established. Despite a colourful history marked by closures, financial troubles and even a change of name, today Tobermory is a thriving, expressive and unique distillery, true to its idyllic location on the Hebridean island of Mull. The Sinclair Series pays homage to Founder, John Sinclair.