A complex, aperitif whisky with a classic Lowland profile from the closed distillery at St. Magdalene, this is the oldest cask strength Linlithgow to have been released, and there are only 1,500 numbered bottles worldwide.
Pale, shimmering gold.
Deep fruity nose – cherries, kirsch, strawberry jam, heady roses, develops traces of Black Forest Gateau, then freshens to unripe cherries and tinned pears, with almonds behind. Adding water brings up pear-drops and acetone at first, then crème brulee and burnt orange marmalade (faint peat). Later some tangerine and passion fruit notes.
Light, slightly waxy, with good viscosity.
Very expressive, surprisingly fruity. Jammy sweetness and considerable fresh acidity. An interesting cedar-dry medicinal development (like inhaling an old- fashioned cough remedy). Chocolate spread on toast.
Dries out into a warming, lightly bitter, short finish, leaving a ghost of chocolate orange.