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Linkwood 1997 SV

Overall rating
87.64/100
votes
57
Whiskybase ID
WB125174
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Vintage
17.04.1997
Bottled
05.12.2018
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
4239
Number of bottles
195
Strength
56.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Kontrabass Wiener Klassik (1770-1830)
Bottled for
Feinkost Reifferscheid
Added on
01 feb 2019 4:49 pm by Hobbit
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 119.00

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Whisky Reviews for Linkwood 1997 SV

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.64 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Perfectly integrated alcohol and with an interesting flavor development, this is great cinema. Reminds me of the best of the old Bunnahabhain XVIII and the Clynelish SV WID: 121497
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dark fir honey, a touch of burned matches, beautiful block malt wax note, overall heavy spice with dried apricots and leather
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very soft and mouth-filling, quite a lot of beeswax flavors, and after an initial sweetness getting spicier with cardamom cinnamon notes and preserved dried fruit, tingles a bit
    • Finish
      88 88
      Gradually elegant, very balanced.

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Interesting, layered dram. It needs water, imperative in my opinion and if you like the strong liquorice notes, a very good dram. I like a little less liquorice, so it's still good and tasty.
    • Nose
      Sweetish, but also dry, nutty sherry notes, not so fruity at all, the wood brings a nice spice here. All in all nicely interwoven. With water, the nose becomes more open, fuller, liquorice and a clearer sweetness can now be felt.
    • Taste
      In the mouth with bite, it tolerates water. With water only a bit peppery, sweet sherry, some sulfur and dry oak with some aniseed.
    • Finish
      The finish still tends to be sweet, but the dry oak, liquorice and sherry notes clearly pull it on the less sweet side.

  3. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Really really very successful. So vinous! And the strawberries are just great! 89 points.
    • Nose
      Sherry. Very vinous. Strawberries, raspberries, fresh and clack. Slightly cooling. Subtly sweet. Gradually the oak seasoned more and more. The initially clear sherry character goes back a bit, but it remains very vinous.

      Water: It gets a bit musty. The whisky looks less fresh and crisp, it looks "older".
    • Taste
      Full and powerful. The strawberries here too. Sparkling. The oak is very present. A slight bitterness spreads. Spicy tobacco and dark chocolate dominate in the taste.

      Water: With water, the whisky is downright soft and creamy. The bitterness goes back a bit, but a sweetness sneaks in. Worth it!
    • Finish
      Long, warm, chocolatey. Coffee. Strawberries. Great.

  4. craide scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great Linkwood with a nice balance between aroma density and alcohol content. Harmonizes very nice.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dark sweet forest honey,
      beautiful, interesting malt.
      A full heavy spice with dry oranges, apricots and tobacco. In addition ripe bananas and waxnotes.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Pleasantly soft with a full mouthfeel, tingling sweet, but a bit tart with waxy notes and spices, plus a few fruits.
      Everything was well balanced. Nothing superimposed, nothing is imposing. Nice round thing.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Departure again a bit short for me. The beautiful full mouth feeling fades quickly, but overall it sounds nice. Fruit and sweetness give way to a slightly sharper, peppery sensation.

  5. checkpointrk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. lustaufwhisky scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A nice note of sherry at the beginning with some leather and chocolate. Grapes and a hint of sulfur are noticeable. The fruit note is amazing next to jam I have a nice fruit salad in my nose. Finally, caramel and some furniture polish follow.

    Right at the beginning I have beautiful dark berries and grapes on the palate, again with a touch of sulfur (not annoying). I still taste something fresh, is there menthol? Now the nut / nougat and chocolate come through. Then I have Turkish fruits, tobacco and a touch of liquorice.

    Pleasantly warming with rich sherry notes and oak, becoming slightly dry but not bitter but rather creamy.

    An incredibly balanced and quite complex malt that I really like!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  8. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    very tasty malt with an interesting light sulfur note. However, the sherry ripening predominates and beautiful sherry notes develop. Very tasty.
    • Nose
      first of all there is a slight smell of burned sticks which quickly dissipates. Then there are notes of sherry, dried fruits, plums, raisins, slightly sweet, later there are some spicy oak notes, the alcohol is quite well integrated and not intrusive. Slightly citrus fruit at the end
    • Taste
      Again the burned matches, but then quite quickly, intense sherry and dried fruits, very spicy to hot, oak. Here the alcohol burns a bit on the tongue. Slightly nutty and malty, also a bit sweet
    • Finish
      here again the light sulfur, then a lot of dried fruits, nutty, malty. Then spicy oak aromas and warming. Quite long.

  9. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. grinface scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful sherried Linkwood with an expressive nose and a fascinating mouthfeel. Not one for every day and enemies of sulfur notes should be careful. For me it's all good and pretty complex. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/11/06/into-the-linkwoods/

  11. domani scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A lumbering whisky, definitely needs time, water and leisure - 30.11.2019
    • Nose
      Heavy, old sherry, deep red cherries, block malt, dark chocolate, licorice, wine gum, dried beech wood, smoldering match, slight perfume note, after a longer period of time unfold beautiful fruit flavors such as honeydew melon, pineapple, apricot, the alcohol stands out a bit
    • Taste
      Very fruity, sweet and spicy, cherries, dried fruits, licorice, in addition to the old, dense sherry notes, the alcohol stands out, depending on the form of the day sometimes even less intensive, ending with herbal notes
    • Finish
      medium

  12. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Gunpowder, burned fireworks. Spirited raisins. Copper coins. Behind it are red apples and cherries. Some shoe polish.
    • Taste
      Sweetish, oily, spicy. Dried apricots, raisins, black pepper. Malt beer. Leather. Garden soil, dusty gravel.

  13. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    he really wants some water otherwise he is just too hard and closed. Also on the palate he is demanding - exciting and delicious but iwie not a piece of easy drinking
    • Nose
      88 88
      dense heavy (dark) sherry, black cherry jam, blackberry pulp, wax and shoe polish, wholemeal bread crust with toasted notes, orange oil, tree sap, sourdough, delicate tea and floral notes, grape sugar, cherry candy, a hint of match - which stands out more clearly with the addition of water
    • Taste
      87 87
      dense and powerful, dark berries and cherry notes, slightly dry, astringent, birch water, tree bark, on the palate I find the alcohol is not optimally involved - you have it with very small sips or more water off, with more water it is then out of round in the mouth - Tannins that bite into the tongue, chili, pepper, rosemary
    • Finish
      87 87
      tart, peppery, still great cherry note, chocolate, but also fresh spicy Fassaromen, herbaceous bitzelnd

  14. DerDennis! scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    That's a sulfur bomb. If you do not like it, you can safely ignore it. If you fight through the sulfur, there is a lot to discover. Unfortunately, this match note makes it much harder to decode.

    Only with a little water does the whisky open and release a nice mixture of sherry, leather and wood.

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