Review 609: Linkwood 1990 24 Year

In December of 2016 we had our last club gathering of the year for the Whisky Club Groningen. And as tradition dictates we have special guest for that afternoon to present us with some lovely whiskies. This time it was Tom-Roderick Muthert from Dramtime.nl who took us through some independent bottlers and their history and different approaches.

This Linkwood was the third in the line-up.

Let’s find out how this one performed in my glass.

What they write about it:

This 24 years old Linkwood from 1990 was bottled in the Adelphi Selection series by the independent bottler Adelphi. Distilled in 1990 and matured in refill bourbon cask 3537. Bottled in August 2014 at natural cask strength of 58,1% ABV, non chill filtered and with no added colour. A limited single cask release of 219 bottles.

Distillery:Linkwood Distillery
Region:Speyside
Location:Elgin, Morayshire
Owner:Diageo
Founded:1825
Status:Active
Water Source:Sources close to Milbuies Loch
Stills:3 Wash stills
3 Spirit stills
Capacity:3.500.000 Litre pure alcohol per year

Expression:Linkwood 1990 24 Year
Category:Single Malt
Bottled by:Adelphi
Age:24 Year
ABV (% Alc):58.1%
Non-chill filtered:Yes
Natural colour:Yes
Phenols (smoke):0 ppm on barley
Distillation date:1990
Bottle date:August 2014
Vintage:1990
Maturation:Refill Bourbon Cask
Cask number:#3537
Bottle number:219 Bottles
Bottle content:70 cl

Colour:
Pale straw.

Nose:
A soft, sweet, subtle and sweet whisky with aromas of berries (gooseberries, strawberries), green apples, banana peels, pear, floral tones, white pepper, subtle licorice tones, marzipan, vanilla, roasted almonds, cashew nuts, apple sauce, hint of yeast, cedarwood, berry jam, subtle brown sugar, marmalade and charred oak.

Palate:
A rich, sweet, fruity and powerful whisky with aromas of honey, pepper, tannins, candied ginger, floral tones, grass, dunnage warehouses, earthy tones, maple syrup, star anise, fennel seeds, boiled sweets, hint of Chinese master stock, apple, apricots, licorice roots, cinnamon, vanilla and spicy oak.

Finish:
A long, sweet and slightly drying finish with aromas of backing spices, fresh fruits, berries, tannins, honey, vanilla and dry oak.

Conclusion:
This dram again needs some time to open up in your glass, give it that time! A wee drop of water can help you here. Your patience is well rewarded with uncomplicated but lovely aromas. There is, next to the obvious sweet side, a savory side to discover in this dram. Somehow Linkwood seems to age well in both ex-sherry wood and ex-bourbon casks.
All in all a lovely fruity Linkwood with subtle savory tones.

What are your thoughts on the liquid in this bottle?