Linkwood 23 Years Old 1990 – 39.99 Springtime in Andalucia

Single malt scotch whisky

58.9% ABV, £85.40 for 70cl

Score: 89/100

SMWS

What they say:

‘What a nose’ and ‘I could smell this all day’ were just two remarks before we noted aromas of toasted malt loaf with melted butter, freshly made peanut brittle, brandy snaps, raisins, sultanas and chocolate liqueur over apple and custard crumble – pure decadence. The taste is classic monkey bread oozing with warm caramel and cinnamon, chopped walnuts, raisins and brown sugar. With the addition of water the nose is still rich and complex with a distinct whiff of a salty sea breeze just like a Manzanilla Pasada Sherry. The taste is fresh, sweet and salty; Brazil nuts, toffee, red liquorice and a never ending finish of a well-made Arugula salad with honey-drizzled peaches.

Drinking tip: When you have time to let your mind wander

Date Distilled: 30 April 1990 Colour: Amontillado VORS Age: 23 years Flavour : Deep, rich & dried fruits Cask Type: Refill ex-bourbon hogshead Whisky Region: Speyside Lossie

222 bottles

SMWS shares panel

What I say:

SMWS 39.99 Springtime in Andalucia sample received as part of a bottle share organised by Ben from Ben’s Whisky Blog

Colour:

Dark amber gold with numerous thick tears

Nose:

Root ginger and lemongrass, toffee and crème brulee, citrus lemon and orange juice and peel, sandalwood and oak wood

Taste:

Orange, Grand Marnier, ginger, orange zest and oil/essence reduction, some spice and lemongrass, old oak wood and marmalade

Finish:

Long, chocolate orange in an oak  wood box

Overall:

Another Linkwood (SMWS distillery #39) from both Ben and SMWS, after our recent sampling of 39.95 Caressing, warm and friendly ~ 61.2% (SMWS) . This one is much, much older and this time matured in an ex-Bourbon Hogshead. I’m not sure I have ever tasted a whisky so packed full of oranges!