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 our Founder, John Sinclair, with a number of delicious whiskies handcrafted at the distillery. This Ledaig Rioja Finish is the first release in this series.
This first expression in our Sinclair Series is inspired by the Spanish galleon which sank off the harbour of Tobermory more than 400 years ago. Believed to have been laden with jewels, they have finished the smoky Ledaig signature expression in hand selected Rioja casks in honour of the Spanish treasure buried deep off their shoreline.
Made with heavily peated barley before being matured in ex-bourbon casks, and finished in hand-selected Spanish Rioja casks, this single malt contains powerful flavours of smoke, spice, grape and sweet berries, with a lingering saltiness.
The colour is vibrant and sings of rich, red Rioja, giving it a beautiful vibrant hue.
It’s the very definition of the distillery’s expressive nature.