LINKWOOD 15 YEAR OLD 43%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 8147
Our experts reviews“ Our heart is divided between Mortlach and Linkwood. It depends on your mood and the season. For us, Linkwood is an autumnal and springtime single malt, while Mortlach is more for the darkness of winter. To appreciate Mortlach, one has to be really focused, whereas Linkwood seduces immediately with its notes of pear and praline. To avoid arousing jealously, both 15 year old versions are available through Gordon & MacPhail. And to our great satisfaction, we have imported these two single malts and all of Gordon & MacPhail’s whiskies since 1970.
Matured in first-fill sherry casks, this Linkwood offers a wonderful expression of the roundness and sweetness that result from this type of maturation.
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- Appearance : deep gold.
- Nose : sweet and expressive. It reveals sweet notes of almond liqueur. Pronounced notes of passion fruit and mocha coffee. Lightly medicinal, arnica.
- Palate : generous, rich. Well-defined dried fruit, honey, dry biscuits and shortbread. Evokes coffee, bitter chocolate. Notes of toasted oak.
- Overall : long with notes of walnuts and rancio. A return to dark chocolate and toasted malted barley.
- 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.
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.
The lineThe Distillery Labels range reflects the special relationship Gordon & MacPhail has had with a handful of distilleries for over a century. Year after year, Gordon & Macphail is entrusted with new make spirits (the distillates), and has developed its art of maturing whisky, highlighting each expression under a unique label. An honour for these distilleries, which have become emblematic today, who used to bottle little or no single malt under their own brand name.
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