Linkwood 16yo, 1998-2015, G&M Private Collection
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Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail
Cask type: Côte Rôtie Wood Finish (4,000 btl.)
Colour: Reddish amber.
Nose: Intense and very fruity on the nose with strawberries, raspberries, red cherries and apricots. This is complemented by plums, dark grapes and a strong wine aroma. Hints of sweet vanilla, oak, pepper and cinnamon in the back.
Palate: Subtle sweet but very fruity start on the palate with wine aroma, strawberries and raspberries, followed by a slightly sour touch of red currant. Warming spices arrive with oak and cracked black pepper, nicely mixed with subtle tobacco leaves, dark chocolate and a hint of barley sugar and toffee sweetness. Warm and complex.
Finish: The finish is long, warm and slightly sweet with red berries, plum compote and a whiff of tobacco leaves on the tail.
With water: Water enhances the fruitiness on the nose with more strawberries, raspberries and plenty of wine flavours. Sweet and fruity on the palate with a tamed and only slightly warming spiciness, whereas more plum compote and toffee notes come through. The finish is medium long, slightly warm with red fruits, plum compote and reduced spiciness.
Comments: Wow, what a cracker! This is a wonderful bottling satisfying nose and palate equally. The Côte Rôtie French wine cask finish brings in delicate fruitiness and well-dosed sweetness but without overwhelming the distillery character. Rich, complex and well-balanced with a proper spicy core. Best to enjoy in front of a log-fire.
I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample and the photograph!
Linkwood 10yo, 2005-2016, The Whisky Chamber Anniversary 10 Years
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Bottling: The Whisky Chamber
Cask type: ex-Bourbon Barrel (#99/2005, 282 btl.)
Colour: Pale gold.
Nose: Intense on the nose with ripe yellow fruits - tangerine, peach and apricots - accompanied by a subtle sweetness, The alcohol is very present but only slightly pungent, with a whiff of oak and tender herbal notes in the back.
Palate: Deliciously fruity on the palate with lingering notes of peaches, apricots and citrus fruit. This is immediately followed by a warming spiciness of oak, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper, which becomes dominant with time. Sweet notes of ripe apples emerge with a delicate note of acacia honey towards the finish. Warm and complex.
Finish: The finish is medium long, warm and slightly sweet with sticky honey on the tongue. Gets drier on the tail with delicate nutty flavours, oak and subtle nutmeg.
With water: The alcohol is tamed with a few drops of water bringing the lovely fruitiness to the fore, accompanied by a nice citric note. Sweet and creamy on the palate with apricots, tangerine, peaches and oranges, complemented by a slightly warm spiciness. The finish is still medium long with a sticky honey sweetness, followed by nutmeg and dry oak.
Comments: This is a complex and delicate dram! Lovely notes of ripe yellow fruits nicely intermingle with a warming spiciness and creamy honey sweetness. A few drops of water push the alcohol in the back underlining the wonderful fruity aroma. An exquisite dram for celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Whisky Chamber.
I thank Thomas Ide from The Whisky Chamber for sample and photograph!