Whisky Review: Linkwood 25 Years Old
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Linkwood Distillery
Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail; Distillery Labels collection
Cost: £106.87 from Master of Malt [sold out]
What they say:
Colour: Dark golden.
Cask Type: Refill Sherry casks.
Style: A sophisticated Speysider – with some finesse.
AROMA without water:
Burst of freshness – hay like notes, with a defined hint of well toasted malt. Some candied fruits emerge and a subtle Sherry influence lingers. Herbal with a touch of Rosemary.
TASTE without water:
Mouth watering with a sweet and creamy edge. Some delicate hints of bonfire embers develop. Vanilla emerges and a hint of peppery warmth comes to the fore.
AROMA with water:
Toasted malt, with a Sherried sweetness. Hints of citrus notes (lemon zest) linger and a defined vanilla edge becomes apparent.
TASTE with water:
Initially sweet and warming with hints of mixed spices and a defined dark chocolate nose. A subtle touch of peat smoke lingers in the background.
What I say:
Sampled during our recent pop-in to Scotch at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. I had wanted to try another closed distillery (Glen Mohr I think) but unfortunately (again) the bottle had recently been finished. The selection was expansive but I had already tried a good number, even so there were a few that I hadn’t sampled before so I split the intended cost between this old Linkwood from G&M at £10.50 and another less expensive Islay dram (more on that later). The drams arrived with water/pipette, some smoked almonds and dark chocolate drops which were a very nice touch for my little sampler tasting session. I also had the joy of surreptitiously glancing at someone very familiar across the bar until it dawned on me I was watching Steve Coogan (perhaps more famously known as Alan Partridge, Ah-Hah) involved in a lively discussion with presumably TV producery types?
Dark golden amber (10/20) fine tears and fine legs
Sweet, honeyed fruits, peach, apricot, very unctuous and syrupy, honey roast almonds or sugared almonds, a touch of something herbal and floral like violets, parma violet sweeties or violet chocolate creams
Sweet and almost savoury, stewed fruits in white wine, pears, peaches and apricots, syrupy in flavour but medium-bodied in texture, perfumed woody oak, some woody sugars and nutty almonds
Long, dray and tannic wood spices with tobacco leaf and cigar boxes
A classically sweet and easy-going Linkwood, nice subtle stewed fruits and almonds perhaps more sherry cask influence here than I had realised. The whole dram oozes luxurious & enveloping woody sugars. Not a bad price per bottle too, if you are looking to treat yourself.
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