1995 Linkwood 21 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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What could possibly be better than our 19 year old Linkwood cask from Signatory, the whisky made famous for its role in Johnnie Walker Blue? Well, we'll tell you. A 21 year cask of the same whisky that improves upon that foundation in every way, yet sells for $10 less due to our new Brexit pricing! Linkwood has long been one of our favorites, but this 21 year hogshead from Old Particular is one of the more concentrated and expressive we've tasted recently. Known for its elegant vanilla and stonefruit flavors, this particular selection bursts with oak spices from the first sip, then oozes into a mouthful of butterscotch with green apples and toasted almonds on the finish. It's just as elegant as any of our previous editions of Linkwood, it's just that there's more to chew on here. There's a depth and complexity in this particular cask that we never knew was missing from the others. Bottled at 53.6%, the baking spices dance on the finish for minutes with the added proof. For the price, this is an absolute no-brainer.

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2017 | Send Email
Sometimes, lighter whiskys feel a little wan to me. Not that I want everything to be a thunderous, beat-you-over-the-head assault on the senses, but just a little generosity and flesh. This is a best of both worlds: there is the lightness of touch on display here, a suppleness, augmented by the depth of flavor that fully maturity brings. There’s candied citron, baked banana and barley malt flavors that caress and beguile and envelope you like a cashmere blanket; light and soft, yet soothingly warm.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/27/2017 | Send Email
This offers a lot of pleasure for such a reasonable price. I really liked this offering because it is delicious and easy to drink but also is complex enough to make it interesting.There are rich vanilla and caramel aromas that become more subtle with a splash of water. In the mouth there are honey and vanilla flavors that are expressed with a nice creamy mouth feel.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2017 | Send Email
I love the ability of whiskey to evoke past sense memories - sometimes this leads to very odd tasting notes, but great pleasure nonetheless. The 21 year old Linkwood immediately transported me to a cold, dew filled morning in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park with the overwhelming scent of Pan Del Indio - a small orange ball that grows on trees all over Patagonia and are reminiscent of a lychee in many ways. With a little water the whiskey opens up revealing a fresh wine character, like the scent of newly wet barrels in a winery cellar room and gobs of fresh stone fruits - like a farmers market in late August. It's not often a whiskey will take you to so many distinct places and surely those places are based on a unique set of experiences. But I find when a wine or spirit transports me someplace special--it often brings others to a special place of their own too.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2017 | Send Email
Beautiful spice notes of coriander, clove and cinnamon meld perfectly with pear fruit and almonds in this delicate and ultra-refined single-cask Speyside owned by Diageo. The heat is incredibly tame on the palate when enjoyed neat, and the flavors of caramel, tangerine, apricots and butterscotch are extremely pronounced as a result. This is definitely a favorite from our latest release of exclusive scotches.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2017 | Send Email
Linkwood is always a favorite of mine...it's a drinker's scotch...soft, supple, beautifully golden and caramelized, brown butter, sugared almonds, baking spice, clove. Nothing too in your face or academic...just pure, mellow scotch that begs to be enjoyed with hearty pours.

Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2017 | Send Email
This Linkwood was a standout among the four new Old Particular casks, which is saying quite a bit as all four are truly exceptional! When I first took a sip, the whiskey showed very clean with a touch of cereal grain and oak spice. It kept building with stronger notes of apple, almond, oak, vanilla, and toffee, then absolutely took off with a huge mineral and stone fruit presence on the finish. Do not miss this!

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2017 | Send Email
Every now and again I'll talk a customer out of Linkwood, rather than into a bottle. I do that when it's clear the client is looking for big, bold, and concentrated Scotch flavors. Linkwood is and has never been the boldest malt. It's a whisky that's cemented its reputation on finesse. This 21 year old edition is the first Linkwood I've tried in years that offers a bit more heft behind that delicate whisky flavor. The fruit is rounder and riper, the vanilla is softer and thicker, and the finish has more oak spice that I typically find in the whisky. This is key example of where cask selection can make a huge difference in a single malt. If you've never had Linkwood before, this is the one to try. If you've had Linkwood before, you still need to buy this bottle if only because of the crazy price!

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/25/2017 | Send Email
Imbibing this 21 year old Linkwood is pure pleasure, sensuous and seductive. Generous stone fruits on the profile here complemented by notes of vanilla cream and toffee, with just a hint of licorice on the finish. I fear that I can't do proper justice to the true character of this remarkable whisky with my paltry prose. Words fail me. You'll just have to trust me on this one and try it for yourself. Heaven forbid, but if I could buy only one single malt this year it would be this one.

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Alcohol Content (%): 53.6