Linkwood 1974

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Stated Age
30 years old
Oak Casks
Number of bottles
54.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
08 May 2008 9:58 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 843.72

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Whisky Reviews for Linkwood 1974

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.46 points

  1. jocmueller did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Bottle # 1191 sold empty at ebay.

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For Rare Malt standards, this is a very fruity whisky. 
    • Nose
      Quite a fruity nose. especially for a Rare Malts expression. Oranges and tangerines. But also green apples and pear drops. Pencil shavings.
    • Taste
      Silky juicy oak. Peaches and apricots. Cinnamon. Lots of liquorice wood as well. Cocoa powder.
    • Finish
      Long with some peppery spices. Paprika and ginger. Some mint. Light bitterness.

  3. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From Whiskyfun,

    Colour: gold. Nose: a fine oak (err) and hints of old roses, vanilla and ginger. Goes on with apple skin and fresh mint leaves, getting then much grassier and a little austere I think. Not too expressive despite the beautiful start. Mouth: a sweet and orangey start, a little more expressive now. Quite some custard, ripe melon and crystallised oranges… Gets peppery (oak) and spicy (cloves), especially at the finish. Very good but not thrilling, I'd say. 85 points, still.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: Feck yeah, here’s a massively full nose with notes of sweet lemons, orange, pineapple,...  presented together with a huge, glistening vibrancy. Then there's the floral side blooming with fuchsias, lilies and apple blossom. And then there's the vanilla from the bourbon, maybe exclusively bourbon. These Rare Malts are often stella performers that come now [2017], with a stella price. Maybe this one will still justify its inflated price tag.
    T: Hmmm, a bitter fruity arrival which then deadens,.... Strange, I wasn't expecting that - and then it goes bone dry. Really needs a drop of water, but even then not a great deal happens. There are some innocuous fruits and a spiritiness accompanied by plenty of plain malt notes. There's a firm [solid 85 score] mouthfeel with some peppery-fresh notes following into the development.
    F: What happened to this? Murky, paper-cardboard-mulch, draff notes and a little peat [noticeable in comparison to the Mannochmore that follows WB]. Then there’s a second finishing wave on sour-cream vanillas with hints of green woody sticks.
    C: I really dig Linkwood, but this was the last dram I finished out of the ten. The wonderfully voluminous & vibrant 'fruit basket' nose didn't translate thereafter. The palate and finish, although not bad in their own right, pale into insignificance in the shadow of the mighty nose. Now from one favourite distillery of mine to another: Mannochmore WB.

    Scores a B-


  5. Teresa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Honey lemon orange apricot a bit of tropical fruits stone fruits , very drinkable

  7. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Intensive. Sweet lemons, light honey, ginger, some beeswax. A trace of brass. Summer meadow, garden herbs, fresh sawdust. Shortbread. Dry earth, fir branches.
    • Taste
      Strong, sweetish, spicy. Yellow apples, almonds, honey. Chili, white pepper. Vanilla cream, candied lemon pieces, some mint. Cashews, subtle oak spice.

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    It's a very complex and balanced whisky. It has - besides maritime and purely smoky elements - almost all characteristics that a whisky can have. They work together very well.
    • Nose
      91 91
      This must be old Linkwood, and still with enough wood influence. It's fairly nutty and earthy, although the floral and fruity side isn'd faded away by it. Chestnut puree, walnut skin, wood varnish, sandal wood, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon. Further: cola cubes (strangely enough), pineapple, lychee, vanilla custard. There may be a trace of smoke.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Medium bodied, with a good balance between sweet and sour. The palate is certainly fruitier than the nose, with orange and mango becoming noticeable next to the pineapple. Behind that there is this nice complexity of mixed flowers, malt, spices and nuts.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Fairly long and pleasant. It's mainly fruity, but the spices are almost equally dominant. Great complexity.

  9. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  10. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    unfortunately cool - after the Convalmore my favorite Raremalt so far
    • Nose
      To open, with a few drops of water:

      Grated walnut wood, dusty oak cabinet wall, furniture polish, varnish, beeswax, geranium leaves, dried flowers, black tea with bergamot, orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, roasted cumin, tobacco - it looks classy - attractively sweet with fine woody notes - subtle fruits with a hint of smoke
    • Taste
      subtle degraded smoke - the fine and complex underpainted the malt, mint and orange oil, honey, flowers, apple juice, quince, orange, plum, apricot, bitter almond, walnut shells, tobacco, leather - he lives on the tongue - shows behind the superficial fruit notes very beautiful oily wood tones, floral associations and wax notes - you can chew forever - is fun and tells a lot of his barrel
    • Finish
      rich, intense, wax and teenage - the finish is quite long - the aftertaste on the tongue in the form of a wax film


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