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Linkwood 1987 CA

Overall rating
88.20/100
votes
27
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Warehouse Tasting
Vintage
1987
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
249
Strength
45.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
24 Mar 2018 8:42 am by LarsW
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Whisky Reviews for Linkwood 1987 CA

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.20 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2108]  I had this dram as a 29-years old https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/97349/linkwood-1987-ca during a Cadenhead warehouse tasting in Campbeltown and found it simply excellent (91 points).  So I am very curious what the additional year of maturation did to this whisky (and a tasting session not in the Campbeltown warehouse but at home).

    The colour is old gold and the texture shows a few fat tears with slow legs (a rich oiliness that is fine!).  The nose offers the same excellent fruity-honey-spicy profile that I remember from the warehouse tasting.  It is hard to say if anything changed but it is at least as good as it was in Campbeltown.  Complex and perfectly balanced AND old-stylish distillate-driven with the wooden aromas provide a sound support but do not dominate like in so many modern whiskies.  The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating (creamy) without distracting moments, truly excellent and again old-stylish (that means there are no tannins-driven bitter or astringent moments).  The taste is multi-layered on many fruits, honeys, spices and some herbs in a firm wooden framework that provides a perfect structure to arrange all the different flavours.  In later layers beautiful barley sugars pop up together with white chocolate and ginger flavours.  Excellent.  The finish keeps the promise of the texture and is long and lingering with a very minor drying ending (that is not unpleasant at all).  Like so often the spices are more visible here what is a perfect contrast to the initial rather sweeter taste.  No flaw or off-note that I can detect.  Water releases some more aromas and flavours and turns the dram smoother but actually I like the neat dram better (it is perfect as it is).

    Actually, I think these are exactly the same impressions I remember from the warehouse tasting last year.  This is my kind of preferred dram - complex & distillate-driven, balanced and layered, flawless and lingering…  I have to go to Campbeltown to check if there is something left of this excellent cask, after all!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. mds51 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. rottendon scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Yes, that's a nice whisky. In fact, it seems very familiar to me. Everything fits here, very balanced, yet complex, with a lot of oak, but completely without disturbing tannins.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    I knew that I knew him, I have a bottle myself, but a year younger and a tad stronger.
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/97349/linkwood-1987-ca
    • Nose
      91 91
      Immediately after pouring a full wall of aromas, dried fruit and honey with light acidity in very high intensity. No kicker. After a few minutes it looks a bit drier, apple peels, still dried fruit and floor wax. There is a lot of wood, dunnage, old cheddar and also some smoke. The flavors are in constant change, now brighter with dried bananas and blood oranges. It is heated woody, clear barrel acid, again a lot of floor wax, some lysoform, damp cellar, now also anise.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very full in the mouth, although it is slightly watery, dark fruit compote sweetened with pine honey, not too sweet, but also a lot of spice, licorice. Later also some block malt and ginger. Again, clear barrel acid, but in a very pleasant way. The alcohol is very mild, but does not seem too weak.
    • Finish
      90 90
      In fact, the finish is not that short, yet once again develops a very own touch of sour, fruity and bready flavors. There is not much to reheat, but he was not so strong in the mouth.

  4. ctu scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Powerful, hot Linkwood.
    • Nose
      Honey, fruits, citruses, spicy oak and creamy peat.
    • Taste
      Creamy and spicy. Tannic oak. Exotic fruits and vanilla. Touch of peat and sawdust.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, dry.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This is nice, just that it left me wanting more to be honest, everything needed amplifying a bit.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smells like rhubarb and custard but then I swear I get whiffs of cheese. this is really strange.
      Ginger cake, a little peat, barley sugar almost a chemical like angle to it.
      It is all over the place, not unpleasant just very different.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The palate is creamy, spicy and vibrant, no rough edges and much more balanced than the nose hinted at.
      There is some nice stewed fruit in the mix and a little peat, yes this is a good palate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Fades too quickly unfortunately, with only the spice lingering a little , also a little drying.

  6. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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