A single cask from Linkwood distillery, bottled by Single Malts of Scotland.
This was distilled 20th October 2006 and bottled 26th April 2021 as a 14-year-old. Hogshead #802405 yielded 317 bottles at 58.4%.
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.
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.
Official tasting notes from the bottler:
Nose: Laying back on a freshly cut lawn, reading a brand new copy of Vogue magazine. A whiff of the perfume of freshly cut flowers fills the air.
Palate: Golden syrup sponge cake, with thin vanilla custard and lemon puff biscuits. Homemade apple jelly, spread on buttered white bread, is followed by rosy apple boiled sweets.
Finish: Vanilla and apple notes soften to a gentle sweetness on the finish.
- Single Malt