Linkwood 1990 GM

Overall rating
91.72/100
votes
74
Whiskybase ID
WB173286
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Vintage
19.09.1990
Bottled
13.10.2020
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
First Fill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
6961
Number of bottles
348
Strength
48.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 20/050
Barcode
5020613081093
Added on
29 dec 2020 5:29 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1376.00

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Whisky reviews for Linkwood 1990 GM

17 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.72 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Quite uncommon profile, for sure not boring - pretty good
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dried fruits, dates, figs, raisins, soy sauce, meaty, teriyaki, beef stock, sherry, mushrooms, dark chocolate, toffee, shoe polish, hint of engine oil - quite interesting
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, liquorice, mushrooms, subtle sweetness, more dried fruits, dark sour cherry, salty, dark chocoltae, coffee, herbs, tannins, woody, spices - pretty good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, spicy, salty, sour, little fruity, woody

  2. Astrid scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Don't rip one off your stool, especially the nose seems quite static. Blindly I would have assumed a half-hearted wet cask finish due to the average sherry quality, but the bottle label is not very clear either. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/09/12/90er-speyside/
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very voluminous and fruity nose, really great malt to smell.
    On the palate, however, I find the fruit acidity and bitterness too superficial
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. DimiIkon scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: June 2022
    • Nose
      Sun-ripened dates, red berries, freshly ground espresso bean, mild tone of varnish, a fantastic fruit sweetness, with forest honey and freshly cut grass. Nectar, caramel and some cedar wood. A fantastic combination! Inviting and sets the bar very high!
    • Taste
      An amazing body and a complexity that is outstanding! Oak, varnish, dried fruits and dates, sun-ripened raisins, cherries, syrup, tobacco, with forest honey and a delicious creaminess. The balance is outstanding!
    • Finish
      Long and fantastically balanced. Espresso and honey, dried fruits and spices. What a dram!!!

  5. sphinx scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    EYE / NOSE
    Deep dark tones. 'Cola' basically says it all. Very spicy on the nose. Cedarwood, tobacco, black pepper, nutmeg, thyme and dark chocolate cream. Leather polish and ginger sticks. Then hot, black coffee that takes over as soon as you have indulged in the scent. The fine sweetness does not seem artificially sugary. Dates come to mind, and dark honey can also be seen in the background. The alcohol is present, but in no way stings.

    PALATE
    Very pleasant, powerful mouthfeel. The Blender's glass fits the character of the Linkwood like a glove and gets everything out of this wonderful malt in terms of aromas. In terms of taste, my journey of discovery begins with freshly roasted espresso beans, followed by sweet liquorice and delicately tart dark chocolate with an exceptionally high cocoa content - 80% or more. It even looks a little salty. No massive individual aromas, as one might fear, but a pleasant 'sherry carpet' - too heavy to pass as filigree but nevertheless exceptionally harmonious. Fine notes of nuts and almonds and indeed some 'green', grassy notes that are reminiscent of Linkwood's distillery character. Astonishing depth and structure of taste that are seldom found today. Actually, these experiences are hardly to be found with 'modern sherry malts', but rather are reserved for sinfully expensive distillates from the 1950s / 60s, even before the sweet Paxarette era. Anyone who knows sherry-stored Glen Grants from those early years, for example, knows what I'm talking about. But, as is well known, exceptions determine the rule.

    FINISH / CONCLUSION
    Long, extremely spicy, dry finish. The oak spice with its sweet mocha notes and plenty of tobacco literally 'stands' on the tongue and won't let go. Very elegant, chocolaty and tannic bitterness. The wood is pleasantly noticeable. Last but not least, a hint of lime. Very classic profile, also in the aftertaste. No missing notes. The malt is neither unpleasantly bitter nor over-spicy, like so many of the young, black finishes of modern times, nor does sulfur cloud the enjoyment. What kind of powerful, impressive dram has matured here? Not a sweet 'lollipop', as you can sometimes find it in the sherry sector, but an exceptionally robust sherry painting with clear corners and edges, which I haven't tasted in a long time. Not a pleasing flatterer, but a very mature looking, sophisticated whisky that deserves time and attention. The comparison with the famous GlenAllachie 1989, 30yo Oloroso is interesting. Two formally very similar and yet wonderfully different pearls. In direct comparison, the GlenAllachie gives the rather fruity aroma bomb, whereas our Linkwood likes its role as a relic from bygone days. Very strong whisky!

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  7. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Great profile of whisky in sherry. Dense, rich, viscous, like hot tar. Realizing all its power, I prepared to drink it with fears with which a child tries to drink hot tea, fearing to get burned.
    • Nose
      Barrel, sherry, dry tobacco leaf, dry cloves, long-dried, dry dusty petals of a dark rose. Sweet raisins, dried prunes and apricots sprinkled with cinnamon, old leather goods, barrel bitterness.
    • Taste
      Sweet, rich in prunes, spices and dark dried fruits, inky with bitterness from old leather and tobacco leaves, with spices and a barrel flavor, thick and multi-layered, and the palette changes in a circle.
    • Finish
      Thick and sweet, with a touch of bitterness and dryness, long, velvety, magnificent, viscous, and you click your tongue in your mouth returning either sweetness or the bitterness and dryness that replaces it.

  8. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose - powerful, thick sherry, sweet dates combined with the dryness of the barrel. Tobacco and leather, clear, sour coffee, lots of dried fruit but not too sweet. After a long time, forest fruits appear in syrup (mainly blackberries).

    Taste - a hit of dry sherry, then a slight acidity of coffee beans, chocolate, nutmeg, bitter tea, tobacco, no perceptible alcohol.

    Finish - Oak, bitter black tea, some dried fruit, suddenly a sweet mint lozenge appears (that one in the chocolate), then disappears and a pleasant tobacco note remains.

  9. Gregers did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Sublime sherried whisky, nothing less. I wish I had a million bottles of this.

    Review: https://youtu.be/y8J3_JE4Vp8
    • Nose
      Ridiculously good. Thick, creamy, rich, but it's also got spunk, acidity, freshness. Just good stuff. Coffee beans, molasses, thick honey, black cherries, dates, lots of fig jam, orange oils, fresh and fragrant, moist cigar tobacco, freshly sanded wood, fudge, toffee, a bit of custard. Overall just syrupy and wonderful. One of the best sherried noses I've had the pleasure of encountering in my life.
    • Taste
      Not disappointed at all. Alcohol level is just right, light bite, warm, and there's even some sweetness on the first chew. Very rare for these heavily sherried beasts. Nice spicy oak, light barley, acidic dried fruits like cranberries, but also dried figs, and then loads of strong black tea, Chinese pu'er tea, light note of ginger. Just tasty as nothing else. Second chew is slightly drier, but also juicier, which is wonderful. More puër tea, also peppermint joining in, some fresh plum juice, it's wonderfully complex, yet greatly balanced. Fruity, minty, and fragrant. Strong, but not overwhelming. Adding water to this would make me cry. On the third chew just a whiff of sulphur comes in to say hello and then goodbye. Then strong espresso, sweet peppermint, light ginger, loads of black tea, juices galore. Amazing.
    • Finish
      Black tea, espresso, spearmint, tobacco leaves, very light note of liquorice, light smoke. Perfect landing, and very, very long.

  10. MH90 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Thank you Mark!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. Soderberg scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Yum... A sherried whisky that is not all about the sherry. Complex stuff. Very juicy. I forgot how much this is (I try not to look at the price, or any other stuff or reviews when I do my own review) but it smells like money :)
    • Taste
      93 93
      Yup, very complex stuff. Like a smooth, cafe latte, with hints of cherry syrup and expensive black tea. Oh man, this is just so smooth. Loads of cocoa. Cigar. There's some fine oak for sure, but it just adds to the complexity. I do think that a well-aged sherried Linkwood is one of the best whiskies man can make. And this one is not even that old. Distilled in 1990! If you tell me this was distilled in the early 1970's, I would believe you.
    • Finish
      93 93
      Absolutely superb finish also. Love this one a lot.

  13. mr.p9 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  14. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  15. MikerG2k scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. Markie81 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. Glendroboy scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    This is a whisky from another planet. The nose seduces you with tobacco, bee wax and a hint of citrus and the best part is yet to come. The flavour is unbelievable smooth with cherries, figs en prunes. Delicious. In the aftertaste a little wood, but just right to stay with you with a nutty while. A little longer would even be better.

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