Our quest for great cask strength whiskies around 100 pounds began with a Linkwood…
Interestingly, our last session also featured a Linkwood – a rather delightful 25 year old from Gordon & Macphail. So hopes were high!
Linkwood 24 year (16.061991/04.08.2015) 53.8%
Cask No 586497, 268 Bottles, Hogshead (TWE The Single Malts of Scotland)
Here is what we found:
- Nose – Quite summery, grass, vanilla, flowers, sweet, light, hay, light toast. As it opened further a little spice, honey, sweet tree sap. Post our initial sips, took on more wormwood, resin and the sweetness subsided
- Palate – Great kick, a blaze of unexpected spice, big mouthful
- Finish – An elongated burn
- Water – With a few drops, spice and more burn… added more and started to open up
In short, this one needed water. A very generous dollop not a mere drop or two… bringing closer to 46% seemed a more balanced level.
I couldn’t help but wish we had the the Gordon & Macphail 25 year bottling to compare. At 43%, that Linkwood was truly superb. Fabulous value for a quite lovely whisky.
Whereas this one, at cask strength, had terrific promise on the nose but no follow through on the palate. It wasn’t that the whisky was ‘wrong’ it simply wasn’t really ‘right’ either.
We gave it even more time and returned after sampling the other whiskies… once again a lovely aroma yet just didn’t deliver on the taste. One even remarked this was a ‘heartburn’ whisky?!
Our quest was clearly off to a shaky start…
What else did we sample in our trio?
- Linkwood 24 year (1991/2015) Cask No 586497 53.8%
- Longmorn 24 year (1990/2015) 53.7%
- Balmenach 26 year (1988/2015) Cask No 3242 51.1%
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