I was surprised when I opened the package with this sample in it. The Christmas Malt was announced, but in virtually all other situations you’d be finding a dark, sherry matured whisky. Not so in this case!
This 10 year old Linkwood has matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, which should make for a well balanced whisky. The Whisky Exchange’s website talks about delicacy, refinement and well-roundedness. Let’s see for ourselves!
Quite rich with a bit of strength behind the richness. Vanilla, barley, hay and vegetables. Agave and cactus. Some banana, apple and pear. Moss and a hint of minerals.
Again, a tad green. Quite smooth with a rich spirit, tamed but not ruled by oak. Again, those tequila notes.
The green notes remind me of Ben Nevis. Old fashioned, rich spirit. It’s a very strange whisky, and one that kept me occupied for a while. It balances cask influences very well with the rich spirit of Linkwood. The tequila notes make for something unique, and something I really like.
What I love best about this whisky is that is very different to anything I’ve had last year. It’s a very unique spirit and warrants a lot of investigation and ‘I recognize that flavor, but what is it?’ moments.
It’s only available from The Whisky Exchange, and sets you back £ 57, which I find surprisingly decent in the current day and age. I’m considering buying it.
Linkwood 10, 54.2%, The Whisky Exchange Christmas Malt 2019.
Thanks to The Whisky Exchange for the free sample!