Oh, look, a golden oldie. One of the few official releases from Linkwood, that work horse from Diageo. White Horse, Haig, Dimple, Bells and many more blends thank much of their character from this single malt from Speyside. I will try an older releases of the official 12 years old that was released under the famous Flora & Fauna label.
Spring fresh nose on Golden Delicious apples, vanilla and sweet malt. Hint of marzipan and a bit of lemon. Very simply, very accessible but under the right circumstances – bathing in the sun on a terrace during a lovely spring day, for example – quite good.
The body is rather light and on the palate it becomes sweeter still than the nose already announced. Next to the apples and marzipan – which return – I also get some apricots and peach, while candied ginger gives it a bitter prickle. Subtle and summery. Nothing wrong with that.
The finish is lightly peppered and mildly drying.
A somewhat underrated malt in my opinion. I quite enjoyed this. Thanks, Arno.