LINKWOOD 1980 57,7%

Single Malt, Scotland / Speyside 70cl Ref: 19797

When Linkwood decks itself out in such finery, it is impossible to resist the charms of this single malt consi - dered by many enthusiasts around the world to be one of the best Speyside has to offer. Bottled by Gordon & MacPhail, both on an olfactory and gustatory level, this 1980 vintage is a masterpiece of elegance and complexity that deserves to be ranked among the greats in the world heritage of whisky. Simply: Slainte

Single Cask #8250 Limited edition of 179 bottles LMDW world exclusive Profile: huge delicacy and personality. Candied fruits (apricot, yellow plum) in liquorice, vanilla-scented notes, breathtakingly beautiful.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : bright gold with hints of topaz.
  • Nose : both voluptuous and rich. From candied fruits (apricot, yellow plum) to liquorice- and vanilla-scented notes, the opening is a stunning embodiment of the elegant and highly complex natures of Linkwood greats. Grains of rice and mustard seed give it tremendous delicateness and personality. Upon airing, the aromatic herbs (wild thyme, tarragon, chervil) further accentuate the sensation of nobility emanating from the nose.
  • Palate : precise, aloof. The attack on the palate sets off to tackle a rocky mountain with steep, craggy sides. The level of tasting reaches new heights here. Streamlined, the mid-palate falls back on a quiet serenity, taking the time to allow us to contemplate the dizzying landscape and breath-taking views. At the very end of the palate, mountain flowers, spices and almost medicinal notes make an appearance.
  • Overall : long, airy. The winding path the finish takes leads us back down to Speyside. A bucolic landscape bathed in soft, muted light highlights a becoming patchwork of greens, yellows, oranges, browns and blacks. The retro-nasal olfaction is slightly tannic (chocolate, artichoke heart) and camphoric. The empty glass recreates the impressive aromatic palette of this version down to the very last detail, with unwavering intensity
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The brand

Founded in 1821, Linkwood did not begin producing whisky until 1825. Located in Speyside, it remained in the hands of the Brown family until the end of the 1960s when it was destroyed, before being rebuilt in 1872. Following in the footsteps of many other distilleries, it fell into the hands of the Scottish Malt Distillers company in 1933 and played an active role in the development of numerous blends, including Johnnie Walker, White Horse, Haig and Bell’s. The majority of the existing single malt expressions from this distillery are produced by independent bottlers including Signatory Vintage and Gordon & MacPhail, who offer a variety of bottlings matured in sherry casks. An official bottling was introduced at the end of the 1990s: The Flora & Fauna Linkwood 12 Year Old, alongside a handful of other versions for the Rare Malts range.

Merchant

This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

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A new Gordon & MacPhail range, Exclusive was created to bring together a small number of blends, bottled without dilution from single casks, and intended to be sold exclusively through Gordon & MacPhail’s shop in Elgin. La Maison du Whisky was lucky enough to have access to some of these rare, highly-prized bottlings, including the very first release of a 1984 Caol Ila to available outside of Scotland.

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