Speyside region – 47.1%ABV – 750ML bottle – Go here to get a bottle
So, shortly after I signed up to become a member of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (of America) a nice package came in the mail which contained a welcome booklet, a fun and fancy SMWS pin (which my daughters kindly helped in the losing thereof) and four 100ml samples to give me an idea of what I will come to expect from the society’s single cask bottlings.
The four bottles included a Macallan (#24.110), a Highland Park (#4.142), a Bowmore (#3.156) and a Linkwood (#39.74 – this one here that I am about to review). The society introduced me to Linkwood and for that, I am ever grateful.
The sad thing is that this is not available as a 750ml bottle for the US arm of the Society so I am not able to get a full bottle. I had to savor the 100ml I got, and savor I did.
Now, you can savor my notes:
On the nose – Delicious salted fruits & salted tomatoes.
Black licorice and candy coated fennel seeds after a good indian dinner.
This is an easy noser.
Cedar wood and herbal teas.
That saltiness returns.
Tangerines and a hint of fresh tobacco.
Finish – Slightly numbing the sides of my mouth and lingering like the long goodbye of a chance meeting of an old girlfriend.
In sum – A lovely expression that I could find myself sipping on as a morning pick-me-up (very refreshing!) or as an evening wind-down. What’s interesting is I chose to read the societies notes AFTER I nosed and tasted this whisky (I did not want to be influenced in any way). I found that their nose and my palate were very similar but reversed.