The Linkwood distillery, located on the outskirts of Elgin in Speyside, is surrounded by a beautiful reservoir that’s home to ducks and swans. As the legend goes, superstitious distillery manager Roderick Mackenzie believed the environment to be so important that he refused to change a single thing. Even cobwebs couldn’t be removed, just in case it would negatively affect the whisky. During his tenure, this rare vintage single malt was distilled. First-fill sherry butt #371 was laid down in February 1954, and moved to Gordon & MacPhail’s warehouse in 1968. After a total maturation of 56 years, the whisky was bottled in November 2010. On the nose, Linkwood 56 Years Old Gordon & MacPhail 1954 reveals aromas of almonds, raisins, festive spices, brown sugar and sherry. The palate is rich, rounded and smooth with pronounced flavours of Christmas cake, treacle and almonds. Only 137 bottles were produced.