Linkwood 12-year-old ‘Pure’ (1980s)

Bought: Online Whisky Auction, 20th May 2015

87.67/100 – Whiskybase (average from 5 member votes)
86/100 – Malt Maniacs (average from 4 member votes)

This is my 400th blog post! So much whisky, so little time!

When I bought this miniature at auction for £4.75 a 75cl bottle was selling on ‘The Whisky Exchange’ for £199. 3 months later and it still hasn’t been sold. That doesn’t surprise me. As a reviewer on Whiskybase says of Linkwood “an underestimated distillery in my view”. The Linkwood distillery quietly goes along producing excellent whisky. Not that a full bottle is worth £199, hence why it hasn’t sold. But, saying that, similar bottles sell at auction between £100-£130 so it’s not cheap. Add commission, insurance, VAT and postage, and an auction purchase is costing over £150. I think I’ll stick with my miniature.

Scoring over 87/100 on Whiskybase and 86/100 on Malt Maniacs suggest this whisky is an excellent Speysider. Tasting notes from MaltMartin on Whiskybase include “yellow apples. Mango and papaya. Custard. Cake mix. Polished oak.” Sounds intriguing!

Although the auction house described this bottle as from the 1980s, Malt Maniacs believe it was first issued in 1975. Another whisky that spans the decades!

Linkwood 12yo 5cl

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