Country: Scotland
Region: Speyside
Type: Single Malt
Bottler: Speciality Drinks/The Whisky Exchange
ABV: 54.2%
Score: 94 points

The Whisky Exchange 2019 "A Fine Christmas Malt." Image courtesy The Whisky Exchange/Speciality Drinks.The Whisky Exchange’s special Christmas single malt is a 10-year-old Linkwood, and the nose has a good balance of vanilla, lemon zest, roasted almonds, a leather jacket, and a slight touch of mint in the background. The taste is malty with a good burst of cinnamon spice, followed by hints of toffee and lemon zest that come out as the cinnamon fades. The second act shows more complexity with touches of chocolate-covered cherries and a slightly herbal touch, while the finish is long and slightly tart with a hint of garden herbs, chocolate and almonds. Adding some water will bring out more spices through the finish. (November, 2019)