The third whisky was a Linlithgow, or St. Magdalene. The current appartment building was known by both names as was not uncommon in bygone eras. This one was bottled by Dutch bottler The Ultimate. In a previous Lowlands tasting we had a St. Magdalene too, but as the final dram of the show. That one was cask strength and this one is not, so it was placed earlier.
The Ultimate, to me, is known for highly affordable bottlings, but the price and quality reflect one another. Not that that is a bad thing, since most other bottlers are getting more ridiculously expensive by the minute. So, I do support them and have tasted some truly great whisky from their stable, at prices that made me think it was a typo. A 20 year old Highland Park, from a sherry cask for € 50? A 43 year old Glenfarclas for € 125? Don’t mind if I do!
Very not typical for what I know of Linlithgow. Walnuts and hazelnuts. Pear, and something old and dusty. Old wood and wet warehouses. Weirdly enough, after a few minutes I get a strong hint of potato chips (crinkle cut).
It’s very, very gentle with hints of pepper and a slightly bitter flavour of walnuts again. Sweet, dry and some wood influence too, but not too much. The pepper gets more prominent after a couple of seconds.
The finish is rather different. I get sticky vanilla hints and more sugary sweetness. It’s like this is an entirely different cask. I finally get the typical Lowlands grassy notes along with some poppy.
While I usually enjoy a whisky that gets off the beaten path, this one is a bit far off. It’s not necessarily a whisky that I don’t like but I would prefer a whisky in this price range to display the reason why I would buy a St. Magdalene by giving me more St. Magdalene-y flavour notes. Also, while it is bottled at 46%, I feel it tastes too gentle and should’ve been left at cask strenght.
Apart from that, a rather nice whisky and it does showcase that St. Magdalene was rather inconsistent and therefore this has a different flavour profile. Fun, but not greatness.
The label says it was matured in a wine treated butt, which I find strange. This could mean sherry since often you read ‘sherry wine’ in articles and it technically is a fortified wine. It also could mean the put 500 litres of sauvignon blanc in it before putting the whisky in. It might explain the strange flavour, though!
Linlithgow 28, 1982-2010, 46%, The Ultimate, available at De Whiskykoning for € 152.