Gordon & MacPhail recently released a Linkwood expression in the Speyside Collection that is distilled on the 17th of November 1972, left in the warehouses to mature in first fill the Sherry hogshead number #14796 for 40 years and bottled on the 3rd of July 2013 at 43%.
The nose is filled with sweet fruit notes, vanilla and honey. Cherry flavored chewing gum, winegums, strawberry, spices, raspberry, red current, soft wood note and liquorish sweetness. Toffee, hazelnuts, pecan nuts, oranges, raisin, red apple, ginger, warm banana and toasted wholegrain bread.
On the palate I can find the same warm fruity notes making me think of a warm mulled wine accompanied with some good matured cheese and chocolates. Raisin, vanilla, dried cranberry, oranges, hint of mint, spices, ginger, salty toffee, red current, bubble gum, cherry and red apples.
The finish has a good length mixing some more of the red forest fruits with the creamy vanilla, spices and chocolate. A great dram for sure! Thanks Gordon & MacPhail for sharing a sample of this whisky!