A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt from Linkwood, an active distillery on Speyside.
Rarely available as a single malt from the original distillers.
Only the second Special Release bottling and the first for eight years from Refill American Oak hogsheads and refill European Oak butts.
Only 6114 individually numbered bottles worldwide.
A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt
Nose: Soft, and takes time to open up, but then slowly fills out to present delicate fresh-fruit notes; a sweet, clean fruit salad including honeydew melon, grape, mandarin zest, apple and pear over a base of crumbly fudge. Gradually it becomes deeper and richer, like fruit salad in syrup; creamier perhaps, with marzipan, vanilla and a trace of sweet liquorice. Growing gracefully heady and intoxicating, with white rose over a smooth crème brûlée. A drop of water opens up and thickens the aroma but doesn’t alter it.
Palate: Compelling. First, a generous, smooth texture: fruity, sweet and sugary overall, then warming and tart, with baked apple in the mid palate. An appetising dryness rapidly develops, with black tea and herbal cough candy offset by rum and raisin ice cream, lime and waxy vanilla. Finally, some ginger, clove and a little salt. With water, the apple becomes slightly caramelised, with a suggestion of saccharine-sweet vanilla sponge.