1 of only 590 bottles from cask no. 7323
Linkwood is ranked Top Class and is usually matured in refill American casks. This example is from a first-fill, European oak puncheon, and has a gorgeous rose-wood hue as a result. The nose is subtly gingery. After a fruit-cake start, we began to think about ginger-bread and ginger snaps, and the whisky seemed to become sweeter in the glass, passing through brown sugar to molasses sugar – by which time we were detecting a soft leather tobacco pouch, filled with moist Virginia tobacco. The taste was of brown sugar, and quite tannic. Water relaxes the whisky, but doesn’t change its essential character, and the taste now is of brandy snaps, sweet and warming, with light tannins and a medium length finish.