Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
The chocolate and wine diet
Stated Age
29 years old
1st Fill Pedro Ximénez Hogshead
Number of bottles
49.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 May 2019 2:05 pm by dramspotter
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 217.66

2 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

25 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Linkwood 1989 SMWS 39.175

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.65 points

  1. whiskynews scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    intense cooked fruits, sherry also with an maderised side:
    stubborn malt to the nostrils, a pleasant undefined sensation that makes me think of a good or very good blend with a high orange bark content!
    a little spicy, a little grassy, a little mold and cocoa powder in return.

  3. FernetBranco scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Issue Price June 2019: £ 190.00
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Cast Olila scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: Aromas intrigued the senses with the complexity of aged Riesling wine bound by delightful oils that suggested linseed and brazil nuts. Fruit-driven fancies incorporated baked apple tart and cherry liqueur with multiple scoops of rum and raisin ice cream with a praline sauce. The opulence expanded further into coffee and cocoa powder served alongside almonds and hazelnuts. Tantalising spices introduced nutmeg on roasted orange skin whilst banana skin merged with fermenting apples on an orchard floor. With water, an interesting duality positioned us between the dry depth of oloroso sherry and the raisined sweetness of Moscatel wine, touching on dates before rounding out with bitter chocolate. After spending 26 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead this was transferred to a 1st fill Pedro Ximinez hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.


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