25-Year-Old Speyside 48.4% Vol
1 of only 229 bottles from cask 4670
Drawn from a refill American oak ex Bourbon hogshead, mid gold in colour with no bead due to natural low strength.
Red Macintosh apples, clementine zest, marzipan and coconut biscuits.
Delicate mouthfeel with angelica root, coconut flakes and dusty chocolate powder.
Lingering finish with memories of old school beauty parlours and a kick of aniseed.
Well known to whisky connoisseurs, Linkwood is most commonly seen as an independent bottling, as owners Diageo only rarely issue official releases.
Linkwood has long been prized by blenders, and the vast majority of production goes into Diageo’s Johnnie Walker and White Horse blends. The standard expression is the Flora and Fauna 12yo, but this was joined in the official bottlings in 2008 by three double-matured versions that had spent their last 14 years of maturation in port, rum and red wine casks. Independent bottlings are relatively common and are frequently excellent value.