Founded in 1821, Linkwood did not begin producing whisky until 1825. Located in Speyside, it remained in the hands of the Brown family until the end of the 1960s when it was destroyed, before being rebuilt in 1872. Following in the footsteps of many other distilleries, it fell into the hands of the Scottish Malt Distillers company in 1933 and played an active role in the development of numerous blends, including Johnnie Walker, White Horse, Haig and Bell’s. The majority of the existing single malt expressions from this distillery are produced by independent bottlers including Signatory Vintage and Gordon & MacPhail, who offer a variety of bottlings matured in sherry casks. An official bottling was introduced at the end of the 1990s: The Flora & Fauna Linkwood 12 Year Old, alongside a handful of other versions for the Rare Malts range.
LINKWOOD 2010 Very Cloudy 40%
When you first try this version bottled by Signatory Vintage, it will become clear why Linkwood is one of the best-loved Speyside distilleries: its notes of delicate grain, pure fruit, elegant spices, and silky vanilla and chocolate are all delightful. Reduced to 40% without either chill filtering or colouring, the single malts in the Very Cloudy range have a rich, intensely aromatic character and, sometimes, a slightly cloudy appearance. They can be enjoyed at room temperature or lightly chilled to emphasise the oily texture.
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