1997 Linkwood 19 Year Old K&L Exclusive "Signatory" Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1281111


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Tasting Notes

Because of its role in Johnnie Walker Blue and its renowned reputation abroad, Linkwood always demands a high price wherever it's sold. Fine and finessed in a way that few other Highland malts demonstrate, the Diageo-owned distillery can often taste like a finalized blend straight from the cask! That's definitely the case with this graceful and easy-drinking 19 year old hogshead from the Signatory warehouse, even at the relatively high 56% ABV. The 25 year old Linkwood sells at K&L for $250 a bottle, so when we saw the chance to offer a similar whisky for less than half the price, we jumped all over it. Adding in a few drops of water is essential to unlocking the complexity in this particular selection. Tempering that alcohol just a bit allows you to take in the sweet cereal grains, the citrus and vanilla, and the long finish of malted barley with just hint of fresh pine. It's truly an elegant malt, one that continues to unfold the more time attention you give it. Try it as alternative to Johnnie Blue if you're looking to save a few bucks!

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    Another gem from the warehouse at Signatory. At first, there are complex aromas of sweet honey and bees wax with a nice floral component. There is no smoke to get into the way of the creamy concentrated honey and malt flavors. There is a nice long finish. A touch of water helps soften and open up this wonderful selection.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    There's no doubt that stocks in Scotland are getting tight. At Signatory, which was once our secret weapon, it's become more and more difficult to find special casks. It's not that the whisky isn't there per se, but simply that the whisky we want is so far out of the price point that we're willing to pay. But we occasionally stumble a few casks that haven't been subject to the incredible price increases of the rarities around them. This Linkwood would falls solidly in that category. This fabulous Linkwood exhibits the wonderful malty character of this lovely distillery beautifully. The nose is sweet vanilla, bold citrus, bright apple and creamy malt. The palate exhibits tons of delicate fruit and has a rich texture that goes on for ages. The finish brings the barrel spices and a warming sweetness. At this silly price it won't likely last long.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    If you've ever had the experience of walking into the cellar at a winery, you've tasted part of this malt already. That perfect combination of wood, humidity, earth, alcohol, and perhaps candlelight all hit your senses right at the same time and create the picture of elegance. If you take the time to tune in to the individual components you'll find bright stone fruit, baked apples, butterscotch, and hard candies. The delicate oak spice meshes perfectly with the sweet malt. It's supple, and with a little water, dangerously easy to drink.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    Linkwood is such a great whisky and it's so dependable. I've never really had a bad version of it, be it from Gordon & MacPhail or elsewhere. What's paramount, however, is that you give the whisky its due. Linkwood is incredibly delicate, nuanced, and precise. You almost need to sip it in the absence of any other sensory distractions. Doing that will allow you to hone in on the brilliance of the spirit itself. There's citrus, cereal grains, shortbread, and ginger spice lying in wait for those who make the effort to coax all the beauty out of the glass. This is yet another fantastic example of the elegant Scotch whisky.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Just so soft supple and creamy. Even at its cask strength 56% alc this is sipple straight up. Golden fruit, toasted grains, vanilla oak; this has almost a Sauterne like honeyed richness to it. Delicious and a great value.
    Top Value!


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