Linkwood is an often overlooked malt in Diageo’s portfolio. There are relatively few official bottlings with most of the spirit going into Johnnie Walker blends; there is however a plethora of independent bottles and this offering from Hard To Find Whisky joins the party.
This Speyside whisky is 22 year old, having been distilled in 1989, and is bottled at natural cask strength at 55.5%, and is unchilfiltered and contains no artificial colouring. It is a limited release as the cask only gave up 100 bottles and you can buy it for a shade under £60. This makes it exceptional value – it’s rarer and cheaper than the Feis Ile bottles I recently bought, so how does it shape up?
The whisky really shines in the glass, giving a colour reminiscent of an evening’s summer sun. On the nose is a wealth of flavour. The whisky offers creamy vanilla, (from the bourbon barrels), dropping into a buttery and salty popcorn before offering freshly cooked meringue. Delving deeper you are rewarded with a slight pepperiness and some caramelised banana. The nose keeps on giving – it really is worth letting this whisky sit in the glass just to enjoy the aromas.
The taste is a joy of layering. Intially the dried orchard fruit is very evident before revealing a more plummy under note and some subtle Asian spicing. Dare I say that its almost Japanese in style? (this in part may be based on the fact that I have just been to London to taste some fantastic Suntory whisky but I think it’s a real compliment to this spirit – it’s complex, full of unusual fruit and seems to be very nicely balanced).
The finish keeps offering fruit and spice – more plum and some gentle liquorice and is surprisingly long. Great stuff – It’s a whisky to enjoy spending the whole evening with!
This is the first in what is set to be a great series of releases by Hard To Find Whisky. There are less than 100 bottles left (we have one!) so if you want the first chapter in what should be an exciting set of releases click here to grab one while you can!