Linkwood 2008 13 Year Old Signatory Vintage Un-Chillfiltered Speyside Single Malt 700ml ABV 46%
A 2008 Linkwood single malt from indie bottler Signatory Vintage, matured in a single hogshead for 13 years, before being bottled in August 2021 as part of its Un-Chillfiltered Collection.
Signatory Vintage are an independent bottler founded in 1988 by Andrew and Brian Symington. The name ‘Signatory’ was derived from the initial intention to find a person of suitable standing to sign the labels for bottles drawn from a single cask. The first cask bottled was a 1968 Glenlivet which quickly sold through long before any suitable signee could be found.
Signatory currently bottle at three strengths: 43%, 46% Unchillfiltered (UCF) and Cask Strength.To add proof of authenticity to their cask strength bottlings, Signatory always include the cask numbers, date of distillation, date of bottling and number of bottles produced.Signatory Vintage’s aim is to offer as wide a range of whiskies as possible, some of which are not even bottled by the proprietary distillery. This allows malt enthusiast to sample the huge variety of subtle differences which occur between casks.
The Linkwood Distillery was established in 1821, but only started production in 1824. Owner Peter Brown was the manager of the Linkwood Estate and wisely kept his nose clean until the 1823 Excise Act was on the stature book. The distillery was rebuilt in 1874 and was run as an independent distillery up until 1932 where is joined DCL, now Diageo. It has remained in production ever since, with regular upgrades taking place, most significantly in 1972 when a new distillery was built opposite the old buildings. The owners ran both distilleries until 1985 when the original distillery was used as an experimental site. The capacity of the distillery is now around 5.5 million litres per annum.
This single malt whisky was distilled in 2008 at the Linkwood distillery in Speyside. It was placed in two ex Bourbon Hogsheads and left to mature for 13 years. In 2021 it was bottled at 46% abv as part of the Signatory Vintage Un-Chillfiltered Collection.
Our Tasting Notes
Nose: Sultana scones, salted butter and berry jam.
Palate: Lemon sorbet, toasted almond flakes, rich oak and some soft spices.
Finish: Buttery puff pastry, peaches and nectarines lead to gentle savoury spice.