Hunter Laing Linkwood Tasting Notes

Posted: November 30, 2013 in Linkwood, Scotch Whisky H-Z

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Linkwood 1998 (15 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2412/ Dist: Oct 1998 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Sept 2014

Big, bold aromas of raisinated, toffee’d fruit with hints of prune, lightly sawdusty oak, butter crème, white chocolate and a developing herbal note. Lovely depth and robustness to the nose, which feels a little older than 15.

The palate is like the nose, full, robust an vanilla focused with dried fruit, sweet violet, coriander powder and some lovely, pliant sawdusty oak, which gives the palate a delightful sweet vanilla background. Good, freshening citrus note on the middle and a long, gently spiced – sweet paprika finish. Very enjoyable.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Linkwood 1996 (16 year old) 50%

Refill Sherry(?)/ Code: OMC2318/ Dist: Nov 1996 Btl: Oct 2013/ Tasted: Nov 2013

The nose is quite dark and malty by Linkwood standards with hints of vanilla and barley. The aromas begin to lighten as some perfumed honeysuckle emerges along with a touch of spice and citrus.

The palate is full and softly vanilla’d with barley, malt and a light honey note. According to the list this is supposed to be sherry matured but I can’t seem to discern any sherry character at all. Some lovely gritty spice appears on the middle with hints of baked fruit and liquorice. Good length which displays a textbook bitter/ sweet balance and finishes with the citrus in the ascendancy.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Linkwood 1997 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2498/ Dist: Jun 1997 Btl: July 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

Aromas of crisp, white fruit, white liquorice, brittle honey and barley. Quite herbal with time with a touch of gentle stewed fruit (rhubarb?) becoming evident.

Soft and lightly creamy on the palate with again stewed rhubarb, barley and fleshy fruit. Quite tart on the middle as the ‘green’ citrus notes emerge. Quite a dry, mouth-watering citric finish with a light oak note and lingering white liquorice and root ginger.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Linkwood 1997 (19 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2638/ Dist: Jun 1997 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Dense and malty aromas with plenty of mature barley to begin with, but then it goes all ‘toshan! Boiled sweets, Turkish delight, strawberry, spice and very creamy oak.

The palate is soft and malty with barley, strawberry, Turkish delight and soft spice. The middle is pretty citric and clears the sweetness, allowing the coffee’d oak to come through. Long and remaining citric with a touch of green fruit.

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