Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Stated Age
34 years old
1st Fill Sherry Butt
Batch 18/064
Number of bottles
58.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
25/07/18 180881
Added on
29 Aug 2018 5:39 pm by WhiskyAddicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 673,25

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88 × member ratings

111 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Linkwood 1984 GM

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.67 points

  1. Prof_Dr_John scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Wow, what should I say? I am just as struck by this incredible variety of flavors and aromas. Very complex, very full-bodied and voluminous. The 58.1% are incredibly well involved and do not disturb at any time. One would not expect that he has many percent by volume. Very well balanced, the Linkwood leaves an overwhelming impression. Everything is just right for this whisky! The anise note is a new taste experience for me that I would not have expected. I like Ouzo very much, so I find this aspect very interesting. The Linkwood is a masterpiece of Scottish whisky art and is rightly part of the new Jubliäumsabfüllungen. Unfortunately, this also affects the price. 575 euros are already a house number and a nightmare at the same time. However, everyone must know for themselves whether he wants to spend so much money for such a bottling. However, the price in the moment of enjoyment (at least briefly) forgotten.
    With a scoring I would like to wait for a second or third tasting. In the current euphoria, I am inclined to award a score that many may not understand. However, I can say so much: together with the Glenfarclas 1989 Cask 13055 the best whisky of the year 2018 for me. Unfortunately, the most expensive. BUT: he is worth it! :)
    • Nose
      Phew! What a beguiling scent flows through the room when the bottle is opened. Sherry full! But for now it's time to breathe.

      After about 15 minutes first real Nosing: Sherry Sherry Sherry. But not this crushing sherry wall, which is known by many old Glendronachs, but rather a "fine" and multi-layered sherry. I hear deep dark berries: dark blackberries, black currants, plum compote and hints of red cherries. Insane, how fruity this sherry comes over. However, it also adds floral notes to it. Similar to the 25th and 30th Glenfarclas, I hear a hint of roses. I have not (yet) the described jasmine. However, the nose is very pleasant and very complex. The 58.1% you do not notice at all. One can only guess this strength, because the whisky is very restless in the glass when panning.
    • Taste
      Hallelujah! What's going on on the palate? A completely new taste experience! Sherry sweetness, fruitiness, butterscotch, raspberries, oranges (peel), cinnamon, brown sugar, apples and, as icing on the cake, an unimaginable hint of anise! Wow! What a taste experience! The 58.1% are surprisingly mild. Nothing burns in the mouth. Everything is very pleasant and pleasant and screams for a second sip :)
      This is even more intense. With 2-3 drops of water, the Linkwood makes a bit more and all the flavors are a touch more intense. Now I also have the notes of fine tobacco, wood of an old cigar box and a hint of dark chocolate. A dream - exactly my prey scheme.
    • Finish
      Very long-lasting and warming. In the finish I have now clearly the oranges and the dark chocolate. At the back of the tongue, the anise knocks again and slowly the sweetness of the chocolate, the berries and the anise gives way to a delicate mix of tobacco and fine woody notes.

  2. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A strong thing. 34 years in the sherry barrel do a great job. With 58.1% of Linkwood is of the very strong variety and even acts a bit "pumped up" - the concentrated alcohol strength leaves little room for the beautiful sherry barrel flavors. The inflated Alholprozentmuskeln somewhat adjust the view of the finer limb aspects of the pleasing aroma body.

    Of course, some water releases even more fruit flavors, the balance between these, the spicy oak flavors and the refreshing alcohol scents is in my opinion more successful than without water. Also in the mouth of the malt is now more varied, the matchheads are also present earlier. The finish continues the palate in a more harmonious way. It is also a matter of personal taste; for me results with a little water half an additional point.
    • Nose
      94 94
      First-Fill-Sherrybutt, 34 years matured at Gordon & MacPhail, strong 58.1%, which leads to the typical dark fruit-crisp-strong Sherry scent with neat cinnamon and old oak in the background. Of course, the 58% are present in the form of a eucalyptus plume; but that's exactly what makes such powerful single-cask sherries.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Enormously dense and strong, the malt comes into the mouth, the 58% are an announcement, but just leave room for the plum roaster, cinnamon and some anise. The old library with dark leather chairs is also present.
    • Finish
      93 93
      In the end, the oak stands in the foreground, oak planks in the old wine cellar; slight bitterness, even the scent of an unburned red matchstick head flashes.

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very nice delicious and kräutrige sherry nose. Again sherry and sweetness in the mouth, very good. Long warming finish. Very strong whisky! But with scarcely 600 € unfortunately no bargain ... clear drinking recommendation, purchase recommendation must know each oneself ...
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  4. pippo g scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    It's an experience to taste a whisky like this one. One would think that this would be older than it actually is. In relation to the price of about 570 euros is what he delivers, quite worth the amount.
    Should you have tasted in his life!
    • Nose
      93 93
      creamy fruitiness, full-bodied oak wood aromas, wonderfully intertwined sherry and white oak barrels, cooling spice like aniseed or cardamom, the alcohol is terrifically integrated - quite convincing!
    • Taste
      93 93
      incredibly spicy, the alcohol is undiluted well noticeable but not disturbing, on the contrary, it transports in the mouth what the nose has announced: mega oak flavors from great barrels, warming and at the same time slightly cools the anise / cardamom note. Extremely complex and 0.0 miss notes! Not very far from a pretty perfect whisky
    • Finish
      92 92
      warming, spicy, light bitterness and astringent with even more oncoming salivation. The whole mouth is slightly furry, the tongue completely soaked in this wonderful whisky!

  5. theal scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Sweet, complex, full bodied tropical bomb. Hints of mango, apricose, orange.

  6. theal scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    A tropcial bomb. I taste tropical fruits (Mango, Ananas)

  7. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very good Linkwood who got a little too much barrel. That's whining at a high level, but for me that's why he does not fit in the 90+ league.

    The empty glass smells fantastic ;-))
    • Nose
      92 92
      Fruit sweet in the sherry barrel!
      Apricot jam, stone fruit, yellow fruit
      Extremely harmonious and round ...
      Cigar box, spice notes, tobacco leaves
      Cointreau, orange liqueur, mint with sherry
      Very complex and complex
      Caramel, raspberry candy
      In the background light resinous wood note
    • Taste
      89 89
      What a start, unfortunately a bit to the chagrin of the variety of flavors, the alcohol is very present in the beginning!
      Very intense spicy notes, the fruits are rather restrained (dried fruits)
      Mouth filling and strong, unfortunately not quite as differentiated as the nose.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Bitterness, clear oak! vanilla

      With a little bit of water the bitterness lets ...

  8. DenisL scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Balance (22,5)
    I am not an expert, but the thought does not leave me that they poured it very prematurely. It felt like he could have matured for another 10/15 years (minimum) ...
    • Nose
      Sweet, halvah, caramel, butterscotch, orange, old floated "caramel, leather, tobacco, nuts, grass, lacquered furniture ... I do not feel the age of chocolate ... the aroma is thick, fat, woody, but there is no magic in it 30+ (23)
    • Taste
      Citrus and pepper, dried fruit and tobacco ... plenty of skin (22.5)
    • Finish
      The finish is sharp, dry, tobacco, dried fruit and wine sour ... grass and cotton candy ... lots of wood and lemon, orange peel and dry skin, menthol ... prunes and flowers, cherry (22.5)

  9. Ila-Maus scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      98 98

  10. Maltsingler scored this whisky 99 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      97 97
    • Taste
      99 99
    • Finish
      98 98


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