Whisky of the Year

Ledaig 18 Year Old

Choosing just one whisky to celebrate is never easy, but thanks to our panel of industry experts and the attendees at our judging event just off London’s Fleet Street, we have whittled down a shortlist of six to just one: our Whisky of the Year 2023.

This year’s shortlist included whiskies from the highlands and the islands, bold peat bombs, a fruity red wine cask single malt and a rich, coastal whisky. After much deliberation the votes were cast and the winner was clear: the Whisky of the Year is Ledaig 18 Year Old.

The Winner

Ledaig 18 Year Old


70cl / 46.3%


($128.99 per litre)

A richly smoky 18-year-old single malt from Tobermory distillery on the Isle of Mull, the oldest expression in its heavily-peated Ledaig range. Time spent in ex-sherry casks has added layers of fruit and nuts that temper the earthy, robust smoke that Ledaig is known for, offering aromas of sherry-soaked raisins, seaweed, phenols and dried chilli flakes, spicy black pepper and sweet oak. The palate brings waves of herbal peat smoke, orange peel, tobacco and rich coffee, followed by white pepper and sea-salt flavours, before a long, pungent finish full of liquorice and peat smoke.


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  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


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Tobermory Distillery

Tobermory is a dark horse of a distillery. Sitting on the seafront in the town of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, it has historically suffered from financial troubles and long periods of closure. However under current owners Distell, Tobermory’s fortunes have totally changed. Whisky drinkers around the world have embraced the distillery’s two very different whiskies produced there – the fruity yet coastal Tobermory and the powerful, smoky Ledaig.

Building on the success of the whisky, in 2019 Tobermory launched its own gin. The uniquely Hebridean spirit is distilled with elderflower, heather, black tea grown on the island (seriously), and a little dash of new-make Tobermory spirit. It’s a rich and floral gin, with a little citrus and a creamy texture – excellent in a Negroni.

The Shortlist

Whisky of the Year Tasting Pack

18cl / 45.5%

Out Of Stock

Pit your palate against those of our judges and experts with this Whisky of the Year 2023 tasting pack. It contains Perfect Measure samples of all six whiskies in the shortlist – try them all and see which one is your Whisky of the Year.

Of the Year 2023 Winners Collection

210cl / 44%


($88.58 per litre)

Try all three winners and see why they are our favourites of the year. Whisky from a picturesque island distillery, rum from a historic Jamaican distillery and an exotic Indian gin - three exciting and delectable bottles.

Previous Winners