Linkwood 1988 TWJ

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Jury (TWJ)
Calculated age
33 years old
Refill Hogshead
Number of bottles
47.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Dec 2021 8:32 pm by thewhiskyjury
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky Reviews for Linkwood 1988 TWJ

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.00 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    'In remembrance of Mr Peter Cowell' is written in small print on the label. The Scotsman Cowell recently died and had this cask of Linkwood in his possession. The children sold the cask and that's how it ended up with Joeri from The Whisky Jury. They couldn't have found of a better bottler, I think. Joeri even gave them a few bottles to pay tribute to their father. It is a refill hogshead that has been sleeping for no less than 33 years since March 1988. I didn't even have my driver's license yet. After just over three decades, the cask still yielded 176 bottles. You can find pictures of the actual barrel on the Facebook account of The Whisky Jury.

    Let me start with the obvious: this is complex! Dried apricots, a stew of apples and pears with some pineapple and gooseberries. Some orange peels. Yellow potpourri and tiger balm. Nice and waxy, I must say. A fresh leaf of mint and the scent of a field full of wild flowers in the first weeks of spring.

    On the palate: again, complex! And even more than the nose already promised. Beautiful mix of apples and pears, but now with a nice sweet and sour note like blood orange and pink grapefruit, supplemented with bergamot oil, paraffin and chamomile tea. Something of chestnut for a slight bitterness. The oak gives it some soft and surprisingly sweet spiciness, without becoming dominant and that after more than three decades. Brilliant.

    Beautiful, medium long finish that remains fruity and towards the end becomes somewhat drying like overinfused fruit tea.

    Do you remember my comment about the Secret Speyside 1989 by Asta Morris? Well, this is also one that is apparently very solid, but in fact a gem if you give it enough attention. And this one is worth your attention, trust me. It is – sorry – was for sale for 285 EUR. Thanks to The Bonding Dram for the sample.

  2. KCLO scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

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

  3. daevid scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Light yet elegant smell. Apple, apricot and pear with dryed flowers, wax seasoned by a drop of lemon and a touch of mint. After a few minutes orange appears. Not intrusive at all, simple but great.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Taste works quite similar; gentle balance of sweetness and oaky dryness, delicate spiciness, floral notes, tea, vanilla and yellow fruits.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Finish is medium long, the balance of the taste moves towards the dry side, the oak gets a bigger role. But it is not bothering at all, the charm is still there.

      Conclusion: very drinkable, in spite of its modesty it is highly recommended to take your time with it and explore its small wonders.


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