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LINKWOOD 1985 Over 25 Years

Single Malt, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 17090

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : vieil or soutenu.
  • Nose : à la fois ample, fin, riche, onctueux et tendre. D’une grande complexité, il se montre herbacé, vanillé, fruité (abricot, datte), malté, réglissé et floral (pivoine, rose). Le second nez précise les choses. Les parfums fruités et floraux gagnent en finesse. Le caractère élégant et racé de Linkwood peut désormais s’exprimer en toute liberté.
  • Palate : à l’instar du nez, elle oscille entre onctuosité et vivacité. La réglisse sert de socle pour unir le nez et la bouche. La vanille se fait chocolatée tandis que la noix et le miel d’acacia alimentent un milieu de bouche doux/amer. Aérienne, elle évolue sur les fruits frais (mirabelle, pêche, brugnon).
  • Overall : longiligne, affinée. L’orge maltée caresse le palais. Son grain est délicat quasiment poudré (cannelle, gingembre). Son tempérament épicé (girofle) côtoie l’herbe fraîchement coupée et des notes de bois précieux (chêne, cèdre). Interminable, elle devient au fil du temps médicinale (baume). Les fruits secs abondent (amande, raisin). Le verre vide est floral (violette, freesia, primevère) et fruité (myrtille, mûre).
The brand

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.


Although the independent bottler Signatory Vintage cannot claim to be one of the oldest in Scotland, it has managed to build up an extremely solid reputation amongst the great malt connoisseurs. The creator of the famous range The Prestonfield and many other well-known ranges, it is best known for its un-chillfiltered and cask strength bottlings that offer amateurs the chance to enjoy their whisky in its most natural form. It was also one of the first independent bottlers to acquire a distillery and now offers a growing number of expressions of one of the most artisan single malts available.

The line

Baptised ‘Artist’, this new range makes no bones about proclaiming its identity. Cosmopolitan and contemporary, it draws its inspiration from the style that gave the Italian bottlings of the 60s and 70s their cult following. From the choice of whiskies (distillery, ageing process, age, strength, bottling procedure) to the design of the bottle and choice of label, every detail has been carefully considered. This range offers a fine presentation of both the whiskies and the artist whose works have been selected for the back labels.

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