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New 18- and 42-year Whiskies from Tobermory... I mean, Ledaig
July 27, 2015 in Whisky
I've always been a little confused by the Tobermory/Ledaig story. First of all, this is a distillery that has been in and out of operation numerous times since it was founded in 1798. It has also switched ownership hands perhaps as many times. So the whole history thing is a little bit hard to follow. But the bigger point of confusion for me, and probably for many other whisky drinkers as well, has been this dual identity issue. Is it Tobermory distillery? Is it Ledaig? Well, the answer to that question depends on what point of the distillery's history you are referring to. The distillery started as Ledaig, was changed to Tobermory, then back to Ledaig. Now it's Tobermory, again. I think... No it is. I swear. I double checked. [...] Continue Reading
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