We are lucky enough to have once visited Linkwood during the 2014 Spirit of Speyside festival, in a one day tour of four of the “Laich of Moray” distilleries. An interesting day, with a lot of information thrown at you during the whole trip. When you ever get the chance, it is well worth the time and money to get to see the distilleries which are normally closed for visitors, including the Linkwood distillery.
50.3% abv, €700 (RRP)
Nose: hmmm, sweet and creamy marshmallows and marzipan with a lot of different types of citrus, like oranges, tangerines and kumquats, a handful of almonds and a juicy apples.
Palate: more kumquats and tangerines primarily, with a spicy, fresh ginger juice edge. Spicy white pepper, a creamy mouthful and a hint of dry wood notes.
Finish: long, creamy honeycomb, a whiff of sweet, floral honeysuckle and more of the kumquats and tangerines, topped off with a pinch of crushed cocoa beans.
Conclusion: Like I said; hmmm. From the get go, this is a really nice, well balanced dram, distilled in 1978 before it was matured in a combination of refilled American oak hogsheads and refill European oak butts. Sort of amazing that during all these 37 long years, she still left the casks with a combined abv of 50.3%, which suits the character of the distillery very well. Olny 6.144 bottles are available.
.this sample was very kindly given to us by Diageo Netherlands and was part of the Impeccably Crafted box of #SpecialReleases 2016