Day 21 dawns frosty and cold here in Ontario (spending Christmas with the in-laws this year). Thankfully today I am in my jammies all toasty and warm and about to hop into today’s delicious dram from Wemyss Malts. Gardener’s Biscuit Break Linkwood 18 Year Old is the flavor of the day and Linkwood has seen several appearances in past editions including the truly incredible 30 year old Linkwood from Samaroli found on day 25 of the 2nd edition. That was absolutely breathtaking whisky at its best and I think about it often. Almost makes me want to crack open a rare 2nd edition just for that bottle. The very first whisky in our very first edition was also a Linkwood and from Wemyss Malts to boot. The Citrus Burst Linkwood 16 Year Old was a huge hit for many and had the honor of kicking off 6 years of whisky adventures.
Linkwood is a Speyside Distillery that was built in 1821 and is owned by industry giant Diageo. The original Stone still house and pagoda topped malt house are still in use today. The majority of the Linkwood production is used for blends like Johnnie Walker and White Horse.
Wemyss Malts Gardener’s Biscuit Break Linkwood 18 Year Old – Speyside – Butt # WVM326 – 46% abv
Colour: Super pale for 18 years old. The only information we got from Wemyss was that this was a butt. Could possibly be a sherry butt refill as in 3rd time use. Butt’s are large 500 liter barrels and so impart less colour than smaller casks. Having said that on rare occasions bourbon casks are broken down and built into butts as well (had a 30 year old Teaninich in a Bourbon butt many years ago). My bet is on Sherry refill Butt.
Nose: Antique book store, Vase of dried flowers on an old doily, Tea biscuits in granny’s kitchen.
Palate: Wow wasn’t expecting a burst of sweet fruit based on the nose. Orchard fruit, pears and custard apples. Arnott’s yo yo biscuits with a touch of honey. A lovely creamy mouthfeel that is soft with layers of flavor.
Finish: Finishing with Quince jelly just like my grandma used to make. I loved it and had it smothered all over my toast every time I visited. Quince on it’s own as a fruit is rock hard and almost inedible, but when nana turned it into jelly wow was it amazing.
An intriguing and subtle Linkwood that is right up my alley. Linkwood for me has always been about delicate but complex flavors and this version confirmed that.
On day 21 in the 5th edition we had the impressive Old Malt Cask Inchgower 21 Year Old.
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Tomorrow we are heading to the Highlands for yet another cask from Secret Spirits. This distillery will also be showing up in one of our Scotch Whisky Advent Calendars for the first time.
Only 4 more sleeps till Christmas Day.