A 10-year-old single malt from the Linkwood distillery, bottled by Single Malts Of Scotland.
Part of their 'Reserve Casks' series, this is a parcel of seven casks chosen by Oliver Chilton, head blender at Elixir Distillers.
Distilled 2009 and bottled 2010 at 48%.
Linkwood is a favourite distillery of The Oak Barrel. Founded in 1821 in the town of Elgin in the region of Speyside, the distillery is currently one of Diageo's workhorse sites - that is it produces whisky mainly for their blends.
Long fermentation and gentle distillation gives the whisky from here an aromatic and grassy aroma, but a textural and oily palate. A whisky that can show lots of floral notes while young, but one that develops great complexity with age. As such, this is used in blends not as 'bulk filler' at the heart, but top-dressing icing to give the overall blend complexity and elegance. Rarely seen as a single malt officially, it is often excellent in the hands of blenders.
Nose: Fragrant green melon and freshly-cut hay are enveloped by the freshness of barley and apple-and-blackcurrant cordial. A slight scent of butterscotch sauce trails after.
Palate: Barley sugars and under-ripe pears contribute sweetness, while vegetal notes of nettle soup and celeriac appear behind. The appearance of apple on the palate is that of a red, crunchy Gala. Salt-and-pepper Kettle chips add a small kick.
Finish: Slightly syrupy, with a helping of fig yoghurt. Spicy and vegetal notes reappear, with chili black-bean sauce and bay leaves resting on.
Single Malts Of Scotland is the premium range from Elixir Distillers, the team behind other bottling labels like Elements Of Islay and Port Askaig. Released since 2002, they release whiskies from all over Scotland in single cask and also the Reserve Casks batches.
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