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September 20, 2022


Birthday session,

outdated Linkwood vs. very outdated Linkwood

There’s fairly some younger to middle-aged Linkwood round, many truly good, however outdated ones have gotten uncommon, even when Diageo had an excellent 1981 ‘Prima & Ultima’ final yr. What’s positive is that the information of one other outdated surprise from Gordon & MacPhail’s is at all times of utmost curiosity.

Bugatti Kind 35 1925 (Artcurial)

By the way in which, we hope they’re going to have a super-rare outdated Laphroaig for the coronation of king Charles III subsequent yr, even when we have not seen any Laphroaig from G&M’s since… the mid Eighties! Or we have not been paying consideration! Oh and that is my birthday, I am turning 42 proper right this moment (and I can hear you). .

Linkwood 1988/2021 (47.5%, The Whisky Jury, refill hogshead, cask #2334, 176 bottles)Linkwood 1988/2021 (47.5%, The Whisky Jury, refill hogshead, cask #2334, 176 bottles)

Linkwood 1988/2021 (47.5%, The Whisky Jury, refill hogshead, cask #2334, 176 bottles) Four stars and a half

Color: white wine. Nostril: one other one which got here from a perfectly shy outdated refill cask, apparently, with as a lot ‘trendy know-how’ as there was in a 1927 Bugatti. I am getting whiffs of rose petals, which I am going to at all times attempt to discover in Linkwood since Michael Jackson as soon as wrote that roses had been amongst Linkwood’s predominant markers. I’ve to admit I’ve not at all times been profitable in my quest, however cheers Michael-in-the-sky! Great moist limestone, sourdough, inexperienced gooseberries, damp plaster,  granny smith, paraffin and crushed grapes. Traces of elderflowers and vernal grass, wild thyme, hay… That half is completely great and might solely stem from an ideal outdated refill cask (give me a break along with your ‘knackered outdated wooden’ factor). Mouth: and voilà, what was within the nostril is within the palate too, these tart gooseberries and granny smith apples, this natural aspect, extra paraffin, one thing clearly bitter as if it was a correct caipirinha (with virtually no syrup in any respect), coriander, even wee gherkins, cardamom… It could are likely to develop into a little bit extra-sour and bitter, having mentioned that, however nothing extreme. End: splendidly acidic and bitter, relatively on peel and the tightest cider apples. A wee inexperienced tannicity within the aftertaste. Feedback: within the relatively robust class of the quasi-90s.

SGP:461 – 89 factors.

Linkwood 50 yo 1971/2021 (42.4%, Gordon & MacPhail, Private Collection for The Single Malt Shop, refill American oak hogshead, cask #98011203, 166 bottles)

Linkwood 50 yo 1971/2021 (42.4%, Gordon & MacPhail, Personal Assortment for The Single Malt Store, refill American oak hogshead, cask #98011203, 166 bottles) Five stars

50 years could be very outdated however 1971 is fairly latest, no? Time actually will get elastic nowadays… Color: brown amber. Nostril: too quick. Why ought to even the inattentive taster perceive inside a fraction of a second that the whisky is completely superlative? All that due to outdated crème de menthe, outdated myrtle liqueur, tiger balm and small figs, some of the good equations? Add outdated pinewood (a chalet within the Alps – chances are you’ll drop the fondue) and a few type of sweeter moussaka. Cooked eggplants for positive. In fact it’s a little totally different from most of G&M’s different ‘outdated wonders’, maybe due to a relatively decrease pure power than standard? Oh and appears like I forgot to say skinny mints. Mouth: pine (wooden, needles) isn’t at all times nice information when it is there proper within the arrival, however on this case it’s, since you even have the impression that somebody got here at evening and poured one or two demi-johns of mid-1800s cognac into this hogshead, whereas everybody together with the guard cat was at sleep. Which generated a sense of outdated rancio, peach jam, additionally outdated Bénédictine and Yellow Chartreuse. I used to be about to additionally point out outdated moutai. Background: many tiny natural and bouillony notes, miso, soy sauce, leek, mushrooms, ransom… End: medium, relatively rounder (raisins, figs, dates), then on tiny savoury issues and substances. A pinhead of hoisin sauce and a few chocolate sauce. Feedback: completely splendid, with an exquisite ‘reductive’ aspect, marrow, porcini, ‘solera-type’ sauce base…

SGP:561 – 92 factors.









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