Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
Score: 96 points
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)