Bought – Online Whisky Auction, 22nd December 2013
80/100 – Whiskybase (from 1 member vote)
As a big fan of Linkwood I had to pinch myself when I won this little bottle at auction. Although it’s not the longest example of maturation in my collection (I have a 26yo Highland Park and 29yo Tormore), where this Linkwood wins is the date it was distilled. This miniature dram was bottled by Gordon & MacPhail in the 1980s, which means it was first distilled in the 1960s or even late 1950s. I found a very similar 70cl bottle online dated 1959 that sold at auction for £168.
The reason why I only had to pay £5.25 for this bottle of history is probably because you can still buy a new 70cl bottle of Linkwood 25yo today, priced at about £80. That’s a bit rich for my blood but some would consider it quite cheap for a vintage malt – Simon Cowell and Bill Gates for example. I say that now but if I ever drink this miniature I’d feel compelled to replace it, so I’d better start saving my cash!