I really enjoy the fun graphic art labels that That Boutique-y Whisky Company create – often with a quirky story to go with it!
In the case of Linkwood, their choice of a fellow fixing a broom is quite apt… and here is why:
The Linkwood distillery was founded in 1821 in Speyside. It distilled tasty single malts and top whiskies for blends until 1971, which is where it gets a little confusing. In 1971, Linkwood was expanded with two more stills, although these stills actually belonged to a new distillery, which would be called Linkwood B. In 1985, Linkwood A (the original Linkwood) was closed down, making Linkwood B just Linkwood. It’s a different distillery, but it’s still Linkwood. Right? It’s a bit like that chap with the ship and had all its wood replaced. It’s the same ship, even though everything has been replaced. Right? The chap on the label is fixing a broom – the owner has had the same broom 20 years just with different heads and handles. It’s still the same broom, though. Right?
And so we dove into the Linkwood B.. I mean Linkwood distillery… you get the picture! What did we think?
Linkwood 10 year 48.2%, Batch 7
- Nose – Mmm… lemon grass, a dash of pink Himalayan salt, green peppers, wax, lots of character, lemony spice
- Palate – Fresh green chillies, black peppercorns, touch of garam masala, dry red chillies… yes this sounds spicy but actually an interesting yet light melange of different peppers, peaking out from underneath these was a lovely fruit bouquet, a bit thin on the palate but quite tasty
- Finish – Bitter almond, light liquorice root
While not the most amazing Linkwood I’ve ever had, it was interesting. The citrus, spice and light salt made for a curious combo that somehow worked quite well.
What do the folks over at Master of Malt have to say?
- Nose: Saline, lemony nose, with spicy black pepper and lemongrass
- Palate: More spice; black pepper and chilli, then citrus fruits, oranges, limes and lemon rind
- Finish: Even more peppery spice and some hazelnut
And here are the balance we tasted in our That Boutique-y Whisky Company Chinese New Year Quintet:
- Teaninich 11 year 47.9%, Batch 2
- Glenburgie 8 year 55.2%, Batch 5
- Speyside #3 8 year 50.7%, Batch 1
- Auchroisk 12 year 47.9%, Batch 7
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