Lindores Abbey Commemorative First Release MCDXCIV

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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Commemorative First Release
Bourbon, Sherry and Wine Barriqué
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 Jun 2021 12:32 pm by drwolfi

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£ 90.93

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Whisky Reviews for Lindores Abbey Commemorative First Release MCDXCIV

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.55 points

  1. The_Osprey scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Lindores Abbey MCDXCIV Commemorative First Release, 46%.

    30ml at home, Sep 2021.

    Pale golden yellow.

    Aroma has prosecco, white French dessert wine, elderflower cordial and the slightest touch of carrot and apple baby food up front. A hint of tequila later on. Tequila and lemonade. After a while in the glass it develops something not dissimilar to salt and vinegar crisps. Not an expected aroma profile at all. I'm not sure I've ever nosed a whisky like it. Very interesting.

    Taste is delicate, again it hints at white wine and elderflower, minerally, a salty middle leads to faint bready, biscuity vibes that linger on along with the salt and minerally dry white wine notes, ending in a crunchy oaken bitterness.

    Definitely one of the most unusual and distinctive whiskies I've tried. Really carves out a corner for itself as whisky's answer to white wine. It's a young whisky but one that plays to its strengths brilliantly and delivers a profile that is unexpected and really enjoyable.

    Well, I was not expecting to enjoy this anywhere near as much as I did. It is excellent, although I'm glad I had this as the first whisky of the night as I think the subtle character could get lost if it followed something richer. Overall I really think this is a sensational first effort. Smashed it out of the park just about as well as anyone could do for a first up offering. 3.85/92

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Moderator

    Not bad but nothing special either
    • Nose
      83 83
      Dry hay, little honey, little yellow fruits, hints of vanilla, little vinous notes, white wine, little citric
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily, fruity, little punchy, subtle sweetness, more yellow fruits, vanilla, pepper, dry hay, hints of sherry, little honey
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, warm, little spicy, pepper

  3. Hlektrion scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Has lots of room to grow.

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Honey, barley, banana, vanilla, not much in there, quite watery, not unpleasant too drink

  6. Alterjoe scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    The streaks on the edge of the glass let you look forward to the first sip. Really tough and thick, it runs down the glass wall.

    Nose: fruity notes of sour apples and not yet ripe pears and bananas dominate. Behind it nice notes of nuts and biscuits. As with the 1494, the yeasty smell is also present here, but by no means annoying. On the contrary, it harmonizes wonderfully with the fruit notes. A hint of vanilla comes up. The alcohol tingles your nose a little and of course you can tell it is a certain youth.

    Taste: Hui ... he starts really strong. I definitely wouldn't have expected that. Wild and boisterous with a little banana, pear and apple. Then the spices come and really tingle on the tongue. The Wine Barrels did a great job here. The youth can also be clearly recognized here. Still an oily and nice mouthfeel.

    Finish: A lot of spices and a nice note of caramel and toffee. For the still young age it lasts a surprisingly long time.

    Conclusion: Of course you can tell that he is young and has a certain immaturity. Unlike other and equally new distilleries, it cannot hide this behind any smoke. In my opinion, he doesn't have to either. It's going in exactly the right direction here. Very good quality work. When I look a few years into the future, it brings a little grin on my face. Let a little more time pass and this paired with good quality barrels, you can definitely look forward to it.

  7. notesofmalt scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Lindores Abbey, 3 years, 46% alc. Original bottling. Expansion: Bourbon, sherry, wine barrels.

    Nose: At first it cannot hide its youth, with a little air in the glass it immediately becomes milder. It'll take a few minutes. Then you get pleasant fruit aromas, some not yet fully ripe peaches, some pears and slightly tart apples. The fruit is integrated in fudge with a vanilla aroma and a hint of malt.

    Palate: Stronger than the nose suggested, much stronger, alcoholic. The tart apple is increasing, citrus fruits, malt and vanilla, I can also taste bitter caramel. Removes a nut aroma.

    Finish: Warm, medium to long, very dry.

    Conclusion: As the first freely available bottling from the distillery, this single malt definitely doesn't need to hide. Youthful and fresh. It has its line from mildly fruity to strong to very dry. We will see where the journey goes in the years to come. There is definitely potential. 80/100 points (2021) - www.notesofmalt.com

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    It's a fine whisky, pleasant even. But it also doesn't have one defining quality that makes it very memorable.
    • Nose
      The youth of the spirit shines through, but the cask influence is noticeable too. Plenty of orchard influences with ripe apple parts, but also raw puff pastry and some banana skin. Whiffs of bran, fermented mash and aniseed with finally a note of pickled lemons and sweethearts (the candy).
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is pleasant and has a somewhat oily quality to it, but the arrival is on the spicy side with cracked black pepper corns and nutmeg, but also some roasted peanuts. A whiff of cough syrup and licorice root.
    • Finish
      A whisper of aniseed, some apple and ending on vanilla.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    N: Incredibly complimentary of the spirit’s DNA, the fruits are lighter/greener yet still soft/summery, and there’s a lovely bready ‘bloomer’ savoury-sweetness too. The bourbon maturation influence is clear but nothing is peaking/sticking out, it’s just so.

    T: Picking up faithfully from the new make, as a whisky, this one comes in at cruise control from the off, continuing to travel that way completely undeterred. Though not light as such, it is ridiculously ‘easy’/effortlessly moreish barley spirit I could drink by the bucket-load. Amazing really, that they’ve arrived at this in just three + years.

    F: A complimentary finish in keeping with the new make, slight coppery, malty light yeasty with a slight spiciness showing alongside more utterly un-resinous bourbon cask-influence.

    C: Exceptionally faultless/straightforward/well-rounded whisky, the unwavering mouthfeel and delivery, this one’s firm appeal. Furthermore, I commend Lindores for their relaxed accessible release & pricing policy, one that deliberately avoids/negates the ‘exclusivity’ flipper model. Looking ahead, Lindores will continue to stick to their scaled-up ‘whisky to be opened’ plan by avoiding ‘limited’ batch releases.

  10. BLX scored this whisky 70 points Member Junior

    Really didn’t like this. There’s a soda water vibe on the palate and more so on the finish, only got faint honey notes. Not my thing at all.


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