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Linkwood 11 Year Old 2006 (58.7%) - Single Cask (Master of Malt)

Iced Marzipan

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@RianCReview by @RianC

12th Jan 2019


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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This is the second from six samples I'll be reviewing that were kindly sent to me by @wierdo. This, I believe, is from a single bourbon cask.

I was warned, rightly so, that this needs water and it will take a lot; although it has definitely softened since my last pour. I've added 1/4 of a teaspoon to about 20ml.

Taste - Light yet powerful nose. Sweet and grassy, with a big hit of sugared almonds. White fruits and fruity fudge (rum and raisin or am I going crazy?). This is very unusual but hugely enticing. I’ll add icing sugar as well while I’m at it.

Taste - More sugar and marzipan with a little glazed fruit (nectarine?) note. Hints of white wine. Not overly complex but crisp and everything is well defined. Pleasing oily mouthfeel and malty.

Finish - Sweet and sugary with some lovely velvety soft oak notes. Medium length.

A ‘summer’ whisky for sure (if that really means anything!?). I really like the crispness of this and the sweetness really works here. I get the impression that the distillate is well suited to bourbon cask maturation. I'm in a 'sweet mood', and perhaps a generous one re. my scoring; but I feel that the mark is deserved for its obvious quality and quirkiness.

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RianC commented

Bugger - I can't edit now but it should, of course, say Nose rather than Taste on the first of the headings! Doh

I should also add that this is possibly the same bottling as the Cadenhead's 11 that some on here have spoke positively about.

3 years ago 0

Wierdo commented

Definitely an unusual one this. Don't think I've ever had a whisky quite like it before.

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RianC commented

@Wierdo - I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it now! It's a funny thing, appreciating whisky, in that whilst the sweeter malts tend not to be my bag, I love sugared almonds and marzipan and I get lots of that here.

3 years ago 0

BlueNote commented

@RianC You pretty much nailed it. Sounds exactly like my Cadenhead version, although I don't get quite the same level of sweetness as you. Curious to get @Nozinan's take on it.

3 years ago 1Who liked this?

RianC commented

@BlueNote - I was definitely picking out a lot of sweetness here but, as mentioned in the review, I think my taste buds were quite sensitive to it on the day, It certainly seemed sweeter on my second taste. I've got a tiny bit left so I'm curious to see if it I get as much next time.

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