Linkwood-Glenlivet 1992 24 year old (Cadenheads)
Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling.
Nose: An initial hit of green banana and soft vanilla. Quick changing of the guard to oranges galore, get’s a little more herbal as it breathes (oregano?), golden syrup. Fresh and pleasant all round.
Body: Light and a bit waxy.
Palate: Loads of oranges, so juicy! Hints of kumquat, apricot and elder flower. White marshmallows. Very summery indeed. Zesty yet creamy.
Finish: Decent length and drying. Buttery with a well balanced sweet & sour profile. Closes out with pear.
Neat/Ice/Water: 54.9%. Not too hot. Drink it neat.
Verdict: Quaffable. Part of the summer of 2017 release for Cadenhead’s 175th anniversary year, this Linkwood was matured in a bourbon hogshead with an outturn of 240 bottles only. This could be the most orangey whisky I’ve ever had. It’s a good all rounder with a nice soft yet fresh profile. Absolutely a summer dram with a lighter mouth feel and a crisp, clean finish. I can’t recall what I paid for this one and it’s no longer available at the London shop. It’s pretty good and I’d go again for the right price. If anyone’s interested there may be one available at auction over the next week, if one were to peruse among the major online auctioneers. Nuff said…