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Linkwood 30 Year Old 1984 Malts of Scotland


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

2nd Feb 2015


Linkwood 30 Year Old 1984 Malts of Scotland
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The German bottler Duitse Malts of Scotland has bottled four Linkwood so far, but this is their oldest yet. And for me, it is the oldest I have ever tried from this Speyside distillery. Let me get right to it.

To open the nose, it needs some hand warmth in my opinion. But then you get a typical Linkwood, which is always a feast. Mildly floral with loads of fruit like apples and pears, but also apricots with a hint of mango. A twig of mint and some vanilla. Soft and accessible, despite the cask strength.

It is perfectly quaffable without adding water. Loads of spices and some woodsmoke. Even a hint of peat, although that may just be in my head. It is wonderfully fruity with mango (told you), papaya – yes, it is becoming somewhat tropical if you ask me. The tannins do their work as well and offer a mildly bitter oaken edge. This prevents it from becoming a veritable fruit bomb, but it comes close.

The finish is fairly long and spicy, with a battle between the fruit and the oak at the death.

Very nice Linkwood indeed. You can taste the age. Just under 200 EUR, which I find more than acceptable fort his bottle.

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