Linkwood 12 years old (D.2009, B.2021) Douglas Laing’s Old Particular /48,4%/ – Linkwood Distillery has been producing whisky since 1821. It is owned by Diageo and after recent expansion its capacity increased to 5.6 million liters of spirit per annum. About 98% of the output goes in the company vast blended whisky portfolio, mainly Johnnie Walker, White Horse, Bell’s and Haig’s. Linkwood has been enjoying great reputation among blenders and whisky brokers, who include it into top 12 single malts. Currently Diageo doesn’t offer Linkwood range, the last widely available official expression was 12 years old, part of Flora & Fauna series. Here we have Linkwood distilled in June 2009, aged in refill barrel # DL 15377 for 12 years, then bottled by Douglas Laing & Co. as part of Old Particular range in November 2021. The barrel produced 278 bottles.Nose: vanilla, butterscotch, cappuccino, sponge cake, pralines, apples, pears in syrup, orange peel, hints of candied ginger, cinnamon and oak.
Palate: fruity, pears, apples, cherries, orange sorbet, vanilla custard, buttered croissant, ginger, licorice and delicate oaky dryness.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, orange peel, licorice, ginger and oak.