Tasting Notes – Linkwood-Gordon & Macphail 1988 55%
Rich stewed fruit aromas combine with ginger. Blackcurrent and raspberry flavours give way to subtle dried tobacco.
A medium-bodied finish of spice and grapefruit zest.
Notes from the distillery.
A local factor, Peter Brown, founded Linkwood in 1821 and made whisky from the barley grown on his land. By 1821 the distillery was making 1,000 gallons a year from 2 stills.
His son William Brown took over in 1869 when his father died and ran the distillery for 35 years. He demolished the original buildings in 1822 and built bigger buildings and produced 50,000 gallons a year. He died in 1893.
Over the years the distillery continued to be bought and sold until the Scottish Malt Distillery Ltd took over in 1933 then when the second world war broke out whisky production stopped.
It re-opened again in 1945, was rebuilt in 1962 and a second distillery with 4 stills was built next to the old buildings.
Gordon and MacPhail
Established in 1895 as a grocery business in the heart of Scotland’s Speyside region, originally curated all manner of groceries from around the world such as teas, coffees, wines and whisky.
James Gordon and John Alexander MacPhail, aimed to complement this varied stock with equally fine produce in the form of Speyside’s many and varied single malt Scotch whiskies.
It was in 1915 that a young John Urquhart joined the business to serve as an apprentice under the two founding partners. Urquhart quickly established himself as a valuable associate for James Gordon in selecting, purchasing, and maturing whiskies from local distilleries. Eventually John Urquhart developed his skills as a master of malt whisky maturation, building an impressive portfolio of maturing whisky casks and able to pass on this deep knowledge and passion for single malt Scotch whisky to his family.
In 1933 George Urquhart joined the business and tutored by his father. Relationships were also formed with local single malt distillers.
They matched spirit to the highest quality oak casks, before lovingly maturing the whisky over decades.
Notes from Gordon & MacPhail.
Top……..Limited Edition Malt Whisky.…..Core Range