Linkwood. An intense, spicy and wood-influenced aroma mingles into an
exciting combination with the floral fruitiness of the distillate.
All in all a very good, drinkable Speyside malt full of opulence and
Without water: strong alcohol, the
first impression is sweet. Sweet, floral and sour flavors are mingled
into many-faceted combinations. Honey-sweetened camomile tea with
lemon. Liquorice, dry vanilla, ginger, rhubarb and geranium. In the
background a quite intense, wood-spicey cinnamon note shines through,
which is now and then perceived as a smoky accent. After a while
interesting flavors of sweet, sour and spicey raspberry compote
appear. Very powerful and charismatic Speyside whisky.
With water: The sour notes focus into
refreshing citrus flavors. Behind all that vanilla, cinnamon, some
ginger. In the background the liquorice notes are serving as the
With water: Huge whisky. The alcohol is
very strong and nippy, but the fruity and sweet notes and the
woodspice assert themselves on the tongue. The raspberry flavor
becomes a bit hot, like a raspberry chutney with some chilli and
cinnamon. Further back on the tongue the raspberry disappears and
provides room for intense vanilla flavors, cinnamon, oak and a touch
of rhubarb. The mouthfeel reminds me of a strong white rum: powerful,
explosive, firm and supple at the same time.
With water: Takes quite some water and
still stays pretty intense. Becomes creamier and less brutal though.
Lemon cake, ginger tea, honea, rhubarb and liquorice. In the back the
whisky becomes drier again and leads over to a pleasant finale.
Long, dry, sweet and bourbon cask
influenced. Very nice profile.