Linkwood 24 Years Old

51.7% ABV, £58 for 70cl available from Whiskybroker.co.uk

Score: 87/100

Linkwood24WhB

What they say:

24 year old Linkwood, 70cl, 51.7% vol.
Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky bottled by whiskybroker.co.uk.

A special bottling for Christmas, with a festive label and allowing the option of personalising the label to give it as a gift. This speyside whisky, distilled on 30th April 1990 at Linkwood Distillery, has been matured in an oak hogshead for over 24 years. The whisky has not been chill filtered, nor has any colouring been added.

This whisky has been lightly filtered to remove large particles of wood sediment from the cask, but may still contain small traces, which are visible only when bottle is left standing for a period of time.

Each bottle is individually numbered.

Cask Details:
Hogshead number 3540
Distilled 30th April 1990
Bottled 25th November 2014
The cask yielded 293 bottles at a strength of 51.7% vol.

Linkwood24yoWhB

What I say:

Further exploration of Linkwood expressions and another independent bottling, this time from the Whiskybroker. This is a 24 year old matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled at cask strength of 51.7%

Colour:

Full refractive gold, long/heavy tears

Nose:

Lemon puff biscuits, lemon and lime foam or cream, cereal barley, honey, golden syrup, orange zest, fresh green apples, oak wood, dairy ice cream with vanilla bean, floral blossom

Taste:

Honey and vanilla greek yoghurt, creamy, hints of orange zest and kiwi fruit, white chocolate orange, golden syrup, delicate cereal barley and oak wood, beeswax and resin

Finish:

Medium, beeswax and polish with a little spritz of citrus zest and a rich sugary sweetness

Overall:

Displays its age well, everything is subtle and delicate in this dram and very refined. The core flavours are all still here although perhaps a tad less floral than some of the other expressions and the sugar had moved from a highly sweet icing to a more robust Demerara. The oak influence also adds body to this sweetness and some mouth-coating waxy and polish to the experience as a whole. Certainly a good dram for seeing in the festive period!

Don’t take my word for it:

Read Yoav’s review at Whisky Gospel