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June 04, 2015 11:30 ET

Tobermory Scotch Whisky Distillery Releases Most Anticipated Single Malt Scotch Whisky Bottlings in More Than Four Decades

Peaty Personas Awaken in the U.S. With Exclusive Vintage $5,000 Collector's Edition and the Rebirth of a Limited-Time Only Malt Whisky

ISLE OF MULL, SCOTLAND--(Marketwired - Jun 4, 2015) - Tobermory Distillery (formerly Ledaig Distillery), known for its handcrafted small batch productions, is releasing two of its most anticipated and distinctive bottlings in the Distillery's history: the limited-edition of Ledaig Dùsgadh 42 Year Old, its rarest, oldest and most expensive Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Ledaig 18 Year Old, specially crafted for aficionados. Scotch whisky enthusiasts in the U.S. can enjoy these two landmark releases in early summer 2015 at select on-premise establishments across the country. Both are bottled at 46.3% and as with all Ledaig expressions, both new releases are unchill-filtered meaning that nothing is added or taken away, leaving the whisky exactly as nature intended. Ledaig Dùsgadh 42YO (SRP: $5,000/750ml). Ledaig 18YO (SRP: $160/750ml).

Ledaig Dùsgadh 42 Year Old: For the Serious Collector ($5,000/750ml)

Only 500 bottles of Ledaig Dùsgadh 42YO will be available worldwide, with a small number of bottles dedicated to the U.S. Nurtured by Ian MacMillan, Master Distiller, for the past several decades, the 1972 vintage is aptly named Dùsgadh, meaning 'awakening' in the Scottish Gaelic to reflect the dormant period of maturation and celebrates the release of the first Ledaig spirit distilled. Each outer box of Dùsgadh contains a handcrafted copper memento cut from the precious copper stills, which are now retired. The final distillation was laid to rest in first fill bourbon casks and in 2024, the copper card enclosed in each box entitles the buyer to inherit a bottle of this special Ledaig, a personal reminder of their legacy. 

Crafted with the artisan touch of MacMillan, Ledaig Dùsgadh 42YO was distilled using peated barley and laid to rest in a variety of hogshead and butts in the distillery's warehouse on the Isle of Mull in 1972. In 1989, the casks were moved to the mainland to mature. In 2001, these came under the care of MacMillan, who decided to fill this prized liquid into the highest quality Gonzales Byass Oloroso sherry casks to add a further layer of aromas. After five years of close supervision, the liquid was transferred back to Tobermory Distillery, where it developed into a rich, smoky taste eruption of sweet nectar. 

MacMillan says, "This is one of the finest and most complex whiskies I've encountered during my time in the industry -- a collector's whisky. It's layered, with huge dark chocolate notes, coffee and cherry liquor. It's rich and smoky with notes of black peppercorns and ginger and a stunning chestnut colour. The finish is long with a lovely saltiness and smokiness at the end." 

The chestnut coloured liquid is among the finest the whisky world has seen -- a true collector's edition. The nose is rich and complex, offering intense phenolic sherry aromas and sooty smokiness, fragrant wood, toffee apple, briny with some sweet biscuit maltiness. The palate is quite dry evolving to a rich smoky Oloroso sherry character. It provides massive complex layers of dark chocolate, coffee and cherry liqueurs and is extremely smooth, well balanced with spicy ginger and black peppercorn overtones. And the finish is dry, smooth and spicy, satisfying and very long with a salty smoky tail.

Ledaig 18 Year Old: For Aficionados ($160/750ml)

Ledaig 18YO, a small batch production, represents the rebirth of a malt whisky style that would have originally been produced at the distillery -- the sought after peated, Hebridean style single malt Scotch whisky. Inspired by this traditional style, in 1996, MacMillan, started distilling Ledaig for the first time since the Tobermory distillery re-opened after its final quiet period in 1990. MacMillan's passionate pursuit resulted in an intensely complex, wonderfully smoky island single malt Scotch whisky which balances sweet and floral seaside aromas and hints of liquorice and cloves with the richness and warmth of sea salt and a robust and vibrant spicy smokiness. 3,000 bottles are dedicated to the U.S. market.

Ledaig 18YO will be an ongoing addition to the range, released annually, offering fans a whisky that is unequivocally unique to Tobermory. The peat-dried malted barley is married with aromatic water, drawn from the Distillery's private water source on the rugged Isle of Mull and the liquid is then matured in superior oak wood casks and finished in Spanish Oloroso sherry wood casks. 

The copper gold coloured liquid offers a nose that is rich and full of fruity sherried smokiness, a lovely balance of phenols, seaweed and light creosote, and dried chilli flakes, spicy black pepper with hints of sweet oakiness. The palate is powerfully rich bursting with sherried, herbal smoky flavours, orange peel, coffee, a touch of sea salt, tobacco and white pepper. And the finish is long and quite pungent with more smoke, as well as a hint of liquorice and sea spray. 

The packaging is a celebration of its history and features a Spanish-style pattern on the bottom part of the label, and is housed in a dark-brown wooden box inspired by the colour of the Spanish Oloroso sherry wood casks, engraved on three sides with the illustration of the distillery.

The two new releases are sure to stir the hearts of the most discerning of whisky lover palates. MacMillan says, "I've held many roles over the past several decades, but the one constant is that I've always believed the possibilities are endless. I'm very proud of the result we achieved with these two new whiskies and I can't wait to see the response."

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