The picturesque Linkwood distillery, founded in 1821, is one of the Speyside region’s hidden gems. The Victorian buildings remain despite much updating and expansion during the 1960s and ‘70s. Swans and ducks swim on the distillery dam which provides cooling water for the condensers.
Ronnie says: “Peter Brown established it as a farm distillery and it above all the other distilleries around should have claim to being Elgin’s distillery. The deliciously thick spirit made it so popular that another distillery, Linkwood B, was built in 1971. A firm favourite of mine since my first distillery visit in my early 20’s.”
Linkwood is generally archetypal of the lighter side of Speyside, and this refill hogshead is no exception. The nose is incredibly gentle offering aromas of peach, banana and melon with a little toasted oak from the cask. This subtle theme continues on the palate; with notes of fresh fruit salad and a slight citrusy tanginess creating a wonderful interplay of delicate texture. A whiff of smoke is glimpsed on the finish before waves of baking spice and oak roll in.
Jonny says: “I remember being told many years ago when I was a fledgling whisky anorak by my good friend Ronnie Routledge that Linkwood was one of his favourite drams. Perhaps he had an Elgin bias but I’m very glad he drew my attention to one of the most understated Speyside whiskies.”
58.4% / 70cl