Linkwood 26 Years Old 1989 Single Cask

Linkwood 26 Years Old 1989 Single Cask (50.2%, WM Cadenhead, Sherry Butt, 324 Bottles, 2015)

  • ABV: 50.2%
  • Age: 26 Years Old
  • Bottling: WM Cadenhead
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £sold out
  • Origin: Linkwood Distillery
  • Vintage: 1989


What they say

26 year old 1989 vintage ex-Sherry cask matured Linkwood bottled by WM Cadenhead in 2015!

Official tasting notes:

  • Nose: Rich sherry is immediately obvious. Raisins, figs and soft meaty notes. Then it becomes more orangey with faint cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Palate: Lots of red fruits and much creamier than the nose suggests. Red apple skins with cranberry sauce and a hint of cocoa powder.
  • Finish: Delicate finish of strawberries; walnuts; toffee and dry sherry.

What I say

An Independently bottled Linkwood, distilled at Linkwood distillery in 1989 and matured for a full 26 years in a Sherry Butt before bottling in 2015 as part of WM Cadenhead’s single cask range. Produced 324 bottles at 50.2% ABV

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Dark copper bronze (12/20) slow and rare medium tears leave medium legs.
  • Nose: Fruit and floral rose, strawberry and rose jam, berries, dry barley flour, nutty, apricot, peach, fig, date, plum compote, caramel and a little menthol.
  • Taste: Rich, oily and buttery – almost waxy, nutty, sherried dried fruits, bramble jam, vanilla cream, honey, orange and other citrus peels, sappy wood.
  • Finish: Long, toffee nut brittle, strawberry jam and raisins.


A simply superb sherried linkwood of excellent quality. A great balance between the softer and more floral spirit notes and the presumably refill sherry cask.

Score 90/100

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