Review #648 | /r/Scotch Review #222 – Linkwood 16yr 1998 Gordon & Macphail Private Collection Cote-Rotie
The Schtick: This is a 16 year expression, distilled at Linkwood and bottled by Gordon & MacPhail after being finished in a Cote-Rotie. For those that are not familiar with Cote-Rotie, it is an AOC northern Rhone wine region that produces Syrah and Viognier grapes.
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
ABV: 45% ABV
Age: 16 Years (14yrs ex-bourbon, 2yrs Cote-Rotie cask)
Nose: Toffee, clove, very rich. Stewed fruits. Honey and cocoa, figs, strawberry and jammy raspberry. Faint, earthy tobacco.
Taste: Thick and rich with no real heat. Honey and vanilla followed by tobacco and some stewed fruits and pepper. There is a faint earthiness to it. The fruits are really rich, but blend really well with the earthy notes and the honey and vanilla.
Finish: Long, some faint bitterness, but mostly very good. The stewed fruits and the sweetness and pepper are a great blend here.
Overall: I really liked this quite a lot. This was my first Linkwood, and the finish was very complimentary. What struck me most was the phenomenal balance of each element.
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