Color: As pale as it gets... Unoaked white wine, straw color with immediate but thick and oily looking legs.
Nose: Dunnage warehouse, tutti-frutti and sawdust. Fresh apricots, sliced peaches and honeysuckles. A few drops of water improved the nose for sure: Kumquats, clementines and bubblegum. Vanilla, spearmint leaves and fresh pineapples.
Palate: Warming, thick and mouth coating. Very spirit forward... Lemonade, apple pie and pine honey. With water: Lightly toasted oak, Meyer lemons and orange peel. Candied orange peel actually... Green Altoids and custard.
Finish: Long and tingling on the tongue with lemon twist, vanilla and white pepper. Pencil shavings...
Overall: I can see why Linkwood has been and still is so popular among blenders. This is a very solid backbone to build a blend on. It is weighty and thick in texture and packed with citrusy, minty and sweet notes both on the nose and on the palate. Loved the not overpowering cask chosen. I like these distillate driven whiskies... A solid buy for that price as well. Huge thanks to Kate and Mark for the sample.