Gordon & MacPhail 1953 Linkwood

Country: Scotland
Region: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
ABV: 45.9%
Score: 96 points

Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection Ultra 1953 Linkwood. Photo ©2014 by Mark Gillespie.One of the four Private Collection Ultra releases in late 2014 to mark the transition between the third and fourth generations of Urquhart family members at Gordon & MacPhail. At 61 years, this is the oldest known bottling of Linkwood, and was selected by Rosemary (Urquhart) Rankin and her son, G&M UK Sales Director Stephen Rankin from a first-fill hogshead cask. Only 55 bottles were produced.

The nose is light with notes of raisins, almonds, nougat, a hint of peaches, and rose petals. The taste is dry, fruity, and rich with sultanas, fresh berries, plums, raisins, a touch of marzipan, and dark chocolate. The finish has notes of almonds, cocoa, a touch of toffee, and sultanas that linger nicely. A few drops of water explodes the fruitiness on the palate and finish. Outstanding! (October, 2014) 


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