Burn Stewart Distillers has this week announced the release of a rare and limited edition Ledaig 42 Year Old bottling.
Ledaig Dùsgadh, which takes its name from the Scots Gaelic for ‘awakening’ is the rarest and oldest Ledaig expression ever to be released from the Tobermory Distillery on the Isle of Mull.
It’s said that throughout its four decade history, the Scottish landscapes and climates to which Ledaig Dùsgadh has been exposed, have strengthened the malt’s distinctly rich and smoky flavour.
As per all of the malts in the Burn Stewart portfolio, Ledaig Dùsgadh is un-chilfiltered, ensuring that more of the whisky’s natural aroma, flavour and texture remain in the bottle, deepening the taste.
The packaging which houses Ledaig Dùsgadh 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 packaging to celebrate this milestone and honour its rich heritage.
In addition and as an appreciation to their customer’s commitment to Ledaig, each box of Ledaig Dùsgadh contains a handcrafted copper card, which entitles the buyer to inherit a bottle of Ledaig 10 Year Old from the last distillate from the now retired stills, which will be available in 2025.
Commenting on the new release, Ian MacMillan, Master Distiller at Burn Stewart, said: “I’ve been distilling for almost 40 years and the smoky aroma retained in Ledaig 42 Year Old is the highest I have ever come across in a 40 Year Old island whisky. It’s the intricate and unusual process that has allowed this liquid to keep its strong, peaty characteristic. Under close supervision and moving homes, this liquid has been allowed to develop into a truly unique malt.
“The precious copper that released the first spirit in 1972 has reached the end of its distilling life and has produced exceptional vintage malt, which I am looking forward to sharing with an exclusive group of whisky lovers across the globe.”
Ledaig Dùsgadh 42 year Old, is limited to just 500 bottles and will be available globally from specialist retailers for a RRP of £3,500.