Linkwood Whisky – A Scotch Malt Whisky Society Single, Cask Bottling No. 39.73. – 18 Year Old

Linkwood Whisky – A Scotch Malt Whisky Society Single (SMWS)  Cask Bottling No. 39.73. 18 Year Old 48% Alc/vol

Thursday 17th June 2010 at around 8pm when Dougie gave Jim a call and suggested that he came round for a wee impromptu tasting.

Dougie had managed via a friend to get some sample bottles of three different drams.

The 39.73 relates to the origin of the bottle, 39 is the code for Linkwood and the 73 is the 73rd cask of Linkwood that SMWS has bottled.

Born out of a love of whisky, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society was established in Edinburgh in 1983. Now, more than 25 years on, the Society is internationally recognised as one of the most reliable sources of the finest and most exclusive single cask, single malt whiskies.

So Dougie had his table all set for the first tasting of the evening.scottish-malt-whisky-society1

Linkwood Distillery
IV30 3RD

telephone 01343 553 800

Owners Diageo

Linkwood Distillery produces a Speyside single malt Whisky used for blending. Only 1 or 2% of the production is bottled as single malt while the remaining is used in blends within the Diageo portfolio such as Haig, Bells and Dimple and Johnnie Walker.   Now for the actual tasting.

Colour…Pale sunset straw

Dougie’s Tasting

Nose…Rich Dundee cake bursting with fruit and a wee touch of fresh paint.
Taste…Initial sharp tingle of oak spices followed by rich sherry sweetness and smooth malt so full bodied and chewable.
Finish…Everlasting tingle of spice and 85% cocoa chocolate.

Score…4 corks

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Fruity Christmas cake with lashings of fino sherry.
Taste…Loads of oak woodiness, loads of spice, sherry still there, very complex and delightful, smooth and sweet, very rich.
Finish…Long and never ending sweetness and a fabulous dram.

Score…3.5 corks

Overall score 4 corks

How do SMWS do it the have selected and bottled a beautiful dram,Jim and Dougie next visit the SMWS we will certainly check out this bottling and its availability.

This is a well chosen Cask by The Society.

Well done again the panel of tasters at the SMWS.

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