Close to BenRiach and Longmorn - in the heart of Speyside – you can find the Linkwood distillery. She was founded in 1821. She still produces mostly for the blending industry (primarily for White Horse, Haig, Bells and Dimple) and is not that easy to find as single malt. Unless you look at the independent bottlers. This is one of those from Belgian bottler Brachadair. Distilled in October 1997 and bottled in October 2016 (just shy of 20 years, it seems). It is only released now because Patrick was waiting for his new tubes. But you know: good things come to those who wait.
The nose is very playful. Creamy butter, jelly beans, pineapple, nougat, yoghurt with peach. Add some rhubarb and Pink Lady apples. Loads of caramel. Sweet malt and the crust of white bread. I’m all for it.
The malt is very oily, almost fatty, on the palate. The ABV is quite doable. Next to all the sweetness of the nose, I also get something candied. And pears, sweet pears! Some spices kick in. Ginger, nutmeg and pepper. Nice.
The finish is very long, sweet and spicy..
Very enjoyable Linkwood. Again a great choice by Patrick and his team. Around 129 EUR. Recommended!