Bought: Bartels Whisky, 18th August 2015
83.67/100 – Whiskybase (average from 20 member votes)
I’m a big fan of the independent bottler ‘Bartels Whisky’ (formerly ‘Malts of Scotland’). I’ve bought from them several times and the customer service is second to none. There have been a few glitches but every time I’ve contacted them they’ve bent over backwards to make things right. Getting this Linkwood was pure luck. They’d run out of the item I ordered but offered me a choice between a Fettercairn 22yo, Benriach 18yo or a Linkwood 14yo. These were only available to retailers so didn’t appear on Bartels Whisky’s website. Although the ancient Fettercairn seemed the best value, reviews weren’t favourable. My head said Benriach, which I knew would be an excellent dram but my heart said Linkwood, so that’s what I got. Whichever I picked it was only going to cost £47, which is what I’d already paid for the Deanston that was out of stock.
83.67/100 on Whiskybase is a very good mark although not all the comments are favourable. One reviewer remarks “nice but uneventful by Linkwood standards” but a more positive voter says “if you like the fresh, mellow, floral, summery flavour profile, you will like this. I know I do. I seem to be a bit above the average rating here (88/100), but this really suits me.” And as a fan of the Linkwood profile I’m sure I’m going to enjoy this Speyside dram.