Special Releases 2016, Linkwood 37yo

door | november 9, 2020
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We’re down to the last three samples of Diageo’s Special Releases 2016 series. All three of them are truly special and we’re very excited to be able to taste them. We’re tasting the 37yo Linkwood, the only remaining active distillery in the last three samples.


This Speyside distillery was founded in 1821 in Elgin. In 1825 the first spirit left the stills. The first 50 years the capacity was 4500 litres of alcohol per year. In 1873 a new distillery was built creating a capacity increase of 222500 litres. Further expansion ánd the build of a second distillery (Linkwood B) in 1971 has resulted in the current capacity of 2.5 million litres of alcohol each year.

Besides the 12yo Flora & Fauna there aren’t many official bottlings available. You’ll have a bigger chance of finding indepedently bottled Linkwood whisky’s in a liquor store. Peter and I both have tasted a few of those and we’re very curious about this older version. To Peter this one must be extra special because it was distilled in his year of birth… 1978.

This whisky was matured in refill American hogsheads and refill European oak butts. A limited number of 6114 bottles were filled at caskstrength with an ABV of 50,3%.

Notes by Peter

  • Nose: A Lovely balance of apple, tropical fruit and oak.
  • Taste:  Wonderful! Warm and waxy with again the apple and tropical fruits, vanilla, honey and a bit cherry and lemon.
  • Finish: Long, again a lot of sweet fruit and ends with aok.

    It is so nice to drink a Whisky as old as I am, especially when it’s as tasty as this one!  A wonderful dram!!

Notes by Jeroen

  • Nose: Soft and sweet, fruity notes accompanied by a hint of almonds and caramel
  • Taste: Nice spicy start. A creamy and warming mouthfeel, later a bit drying. Hints of tea are followed by sherry notes. Nice and complex.
  • Finish: Nice length. The sensation of sweet tea comes to my mind with this one.

This Linkwood sure is in my top three for now.  

Thanks again Diageo Netherlands! we’re very much looking forward to our last two samples.

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