Simon tastes the Carn Mor Strictly Limited Linkwood 2011 8 year old
December 18, 2020
We recently had a (re) taste of the Carn Mor Strictly Limited Linkwood 2011 8 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and were as impressed as the last time!
For those not completely across the Carn Mor Strictly Limited range, in this incarnation the releases are typically vattings of 2 casks (although 3 in this case) and all botlled at an ABV of 47.5%.
We have been lovers of Linkwood Scotch Whisky for a long time here at Select Scotch Whisky. Linkwood distillery is located in the northern parts of the Speyside region, and is known for producing light and fruit whisky while maintaining a good oiliness (in the non-chill filtered versions at least).
This Carn Mor Linkwood 8 Year Old Scotch Whisky was matured in 2 (we believe) first fill Bourbon barrels and 1 first fill Rye barrel. The total outturn was 953 bottles.
The Rye influence hit's first on the nose, with bourbon vanilla and spice a step behind. Even with this though the fruity Linkwood character is still there. On the pallet the Rye again takes the lead with lovely grassy notes, lots of vanilla from the bourbon barrels, and bright citrus fruits with the atypical green apples and pears. The finish is long, and maintains the same character throughout its length with a final build up of ginger spice. The alcohol is lovely and warming, with a tiny tickle. Overall this is a lovely, delicate and balanced malt.
We give this 92 points using no science what so ever.
Find the malt here.