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03 Jan 2011

Linlithgow 1982 (SV cask #2200)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in St. Magdalene

Linlithgow is just another name for the Lowlands distillery St. Magdalene – the name of the village where the distillery is located.

This 26 year-old expression was distilled in October 1982 and bottled in June 2009. It was matured in a wine treated butt (see this Ardmore 1990 review for more information). A sister cask #2201 was bottled in 2008 for La Maison du Whisky in France.

Linlithgow 1982 Signatory 2200Linlithgow 26 yo 1982 (61,2%,
Signatory Vintage 2009, wine treated
cask #2200, 225 btl.)

Nose: expressive and quite fresh. Quite fruity at first (white peach, lemon, apples) and then showing more uncommon notes like straw, a little soot, paper and Schweppes tonic. Enough sweetness to make sure it’s not too unsexy. Lovely waxy notes as well. Uncommon but very good. Mouth: oily delivery, high strength of course. Again a fruitiness that comes and goes (this time pear and pineapple candy), some honey as well. Adding water makes it even more candied. Sugared lemon juice. Overall a little mono-dimensional. Finish: medium length, with yellow apple and lemon.

A very enjoyable and uncommon dram, yet a little narrow. No wine influence at all if you ask me. A little expensive, but you’re buying rare whisky of course: around € 155.

Score: 86/100


ps/ Does anyone know why some are called Linlithgow and others St. Magdalene, even when from the same year and bottler? There doesn’t seem to be a logical explanation.

Linlithgow 1982 (SV cask #2200) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-01-03
  • bakerman

    Hi Ruben

    To my knowledge the official distillery name was St. Magdalene apart from its very very early years where it was known as Linlithgow.

    Therefore I don’t think it’s name rights related or to year of distilling (maybe if you find a bottle from ~ 1800 you have to call that Linlithgow;-).

    There seems no logic, G&M uses St. Magdalene always, while Signatory uses Linlithgow and others mix. Even within “official bottlings” is not consistent, the 30y OB is called “Linlithgow” while the Rare Malts are named “St. Magdalene”.

  • Douglas

    Douglas Laing are one of the bottlers who bottle under both names.

    I asked Fred specifically about this and he said DL bottle according to the name stencilled on the cask.

    This suggests the distillery itself was using both names and sometimes in the same year.

  • bakerman

    Thanks Douglas! Very intersting information!



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