Lediag Single Malt Whisky (produced at Tobermory Distillery)
Lediag today is just a single malt scotch whisky brand produced at Tobermory distillery which is the only distillery on the large west coast Island of Mull however, there is a very good reason they produce it here. The original name of Toberymory distillery was indeed Lediag when founded by John Sinclair in the late 18th century. This distillery has gone through long periods of closure during its life time and has almost spent as much time being mothballed as it has in production. The first closure was in 1837 not opening again until 1878 only to close again in 1928 and not opening until 1972. In that time ownership of Lediag had passed from John Sinclair to John Hopkins & Co who were later acquired by Distillers Company ltd in 1916. Just 3 years after re-opening in 1972 the receivers were called in and Lediag closed its doors once more arising out of its slumber in 1990 when Lediag became Tobermory distillery. Burn Stewart (who owned Bunnahabhain and Deanston distillery) took control in 1993 and whisky production goes on today, given its history I would watch this space.
So now two single malt scotch whiskies are produced at Tobermory which are very different. Lediag is extremely heavily peated and resembles some of the big hitters from Islay rather than an island whisky. Tobermory is more in the Island style, very lightly peated with hint of the sea about it. New owners Burn Stewart use both malts in their Scottish Leader and Black Price blended whisky.
Taste: Peated of Islay proportions, Lediag is not messing about this is one for the whisky smokeheads. It is also full in the mouth and an edge of sweetness to the smoke.