Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled by: Berry Bros & Rudd 70cl / 46%
A small batch Linkwood from Berry Bros & Rudd, this is composed of three refill hogsheads from the 2009 vintage, bottled together as an 11-year-old in 2021, yielding a lucky-for-some 888 bottles at 46% in their impressively stylish new packaging.
From the looks of the delightfully dark golden (natural) colour of this 2009 Linkwood, Berry Bros have found some particularly active refill hogsheads from this splendid distillery. This 11-year-old Linkwood looks like excellent value for Speyside fans.
Berry Bros & Rudd
Linkwood is generally archetypal of the lighter side of Speyside, and this refill hogshead is no exception.
Nose: The nose is incredibly gentle, offering aromas of peach, banana and melon with a little toasted oak from the cask.
Palate: This subtle theme continues on the palate, with notes of fresh fruit salad and a slight citrusy tanginess creating a wonderful interplay with the beautifully delicate texture.
Finish: A whiff of smoke is glimpsed on the finish before waves of baking spice and oak roll in.
Ronnie Cox Says
“Legalised along with a few others shortly after the 1823 Excise Act I imagine then owners Mr. Smith of Glenlivet and Mr. Cumming of Cardhu had to be on their guard from those who considered them traitors. In the 1970’s, the original distillery was replaced by a new one and the old was used for experiments.”