Speyside region – 58.5%ABV – Go here to gain access to bottles from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society
I am delving once more into the world of single cask, cask strength whiskies. There are a few bottlers out there who offer single cask, cask strength whiskies; Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Duncan Taylor, Signatory… to name the big ones.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is an exclusive group and you need to be a member to gain access to their whiskies. The SMWS is now probably the only source for Ardbeg & Glenmorangie single cask whiskies (seeing as Glenmorangie now owns both Ardbeg and the SMWS, that would make sense).
Sure, you can try to get a single cask bottling of an 11yo Ardbeg, bottled by Ardbeg but you’re going to pay hundreds of £|€|$ for it. Or you can get a similar, kick-ass, 11yo single cask, cask strength Ardbeg from the SMWS for $95. Your choice.
But I digress… Let’s talk about Linkwood!
I’m even a getting a minor hint of strawberry – a note I seem to find from time to time but rarely see it in other peoples notes; could just be me.
Burnt wood and perhaps some lemon zest.
Quenepa fruit – very tart.
Really lovely smelling stuff.
More tobacco notes.
More citrus notes and very peppery – really biting.
In sum — A nicely balanced single cask whisky. Yes, it’s first fill sherry but there are very few notes of what you’d commonly find in a sherried whisky (heavy on the dried fruit, and a sometimes cloying sweetness). That being said, this is uncommonly delicious. I can enjoy this on in any season however, it’s not an easy drinker – it’s powerful stuff and if you’re up for a challenge, this one is up your alley. Another yummy Linkwood.
A big thanks to Aron Silverman for the generous sample!