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Linkwood 15-year-old GM

Overall rating
85.23/100
votes
447
Whiskybase ID
WB25934
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Licensed Bottling
Bottled
05.11.2015
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
350 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
05/11/15 151601
Barcode
5020613493322
Added on
03 aug 2011 11:48 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 120.46

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447 × member ratings

769 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Linkwood 15-year-old GM

52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.23 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A Linkwook that makes a good, very good daily dram.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A rather shy nose, where you can still feel the influence of Sherry.
      Orange, raisin, walnut, light leather, light eucalyptus.
      Light oak and milk chocolate. Vanilla.
      Slight malabar.
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the mouth, we start with dark chocolate, cocoa, followed by leather.
      Cherry, blackcurrant, grape skin brandy.
      Soft caramel, pepper, light oak, cloves.
      Light licorice and burnt sugar.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Correct finish, on liquorice, caramel, candied fruits, pepper and wood.

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The first nose of the Linkwood is peppered with stately Sherrynoten. Many red fruits, especially cherries and raspberries, tangerines, abundant orange marmalade, hints of caramel and some malt pour from my glass. In the course of nosing the aroma becomes a little fresher, sweeter and more diverse. Freshly cut apples, marzipan, chocolate and fine oak notes follow. The alcohol (43%) is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      The texture of the 15-year-old Linkwood is pleasantly oily and soft. The entrance is full-bodied and strong. A pinch of freshly ground pepper prances briefly on the tip of the tongue before classic sherry aromas with a nice sweetness flood the palate. Red berries, raisins, plums, dark honey, caramel, abundant orange marmalade, a hint of peach, dark chocolate, nuts, roasted almonds, cloves and old oak notes complete the aromatic variety. Very complex, harmonious and elegant. The palate already creates a subtle bitterness.
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet-spicy and sherry-stressed. Light and dark fruits sparkle with a nice residual sweetness and lively fruitiness. Orange marmalade, dark honey, dark chocolate, walnuts and almonds bring the Linkwood to a close with beautiful oak notes. On the palate remains a slight dryness and bitterness.

  3. wncvirus scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Citrus, light flowers, honey, pineapple, orange torch and white chocolate
    Taste: The whisky is generally slightly flat without any deep flavors. On the tongue, noticeable fruits in the form of pineapple, peaches, as well as oranges and vanilla.
    Taste: 85 | 100 - Medium long fruity finish with hints of cinnamon. Generally a dessert item.

  4. kramimatsimoto scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    For the Linkwood being something like GM's house bottling, I'm a little disappointed. I promised me more from whisky.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Unhurried, a little more could flow out of the glass. A little woody, soaked in sherry, some leather, a little raisin, some wet wood, walnut.
    • Taste
      77 77
      Oily on the tongue, slight tingling. Sherry in the background. Becomes slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Good medium-long finish, oak spice remains, slightly bitter

  5. DGV scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    22/21/21/20

  6. WatchMan scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. nallacam scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nice Linkwood, nothing too complex though, IMO.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. EvilAFI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A nice mild sherry note is constant, fruit and caramel with a nice sweet oakiness. Big flavor for 43%. Very well done
    • Nose
      89 89
      Caramel, oak, sweet, vanilla, rhubarb pie
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, dark and stone fruits, oak spice, creme brûlée’ icing
    • Finish
      89 89
      Fruit and a nice salty finish

  11. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    22 21 21 22 86 - Testing in Whisky Dram, Kiev, Ukraine 12/11/2016

    22 21 21 22 86 - Testing 03/10/2020, incredible but the scores coincided)))

  12. Moses scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Actually pleasant, daily dram, but it fogs his main course with too simple grades .... do not misunderstand, .... he is not one-dimensional! But just too easy;)
    • Nose
      87 87
      Vanilla, malt, and fruity. But very very delicate. Without a stir. No aha effect. Something young oak. He has a lot to offer, but that's too lukewarm and not very intense.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Actually, exactly what the nose promised. Basically in the right direction with malty fruits in fine light oak but a bit zappliger on the palate.
      But he is in a good mood for his age.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium and little wrong. He already has his options and he uses them too, mainly on the nose. Unfortunately, he did not hold out. Could the 43% be? That's a pity. A solid malt.

  13. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    The smell is excellent, the taste is good, but I miss layering and power.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Raisins, dried apricot, honey, peach candy, dessert wine
    • Taste
      83 83
      Light. Ginger, apricot and licorice with a hint of honey.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Dry. Apricot. Not impressive.

  14. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Mature, intense sherry. Fruit wood, very balanced. Really nice sherry whisky

  15. Koalafant scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    2019-01-09 => 90/100

    2019-07-04 => 89/100

  16. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It's pretty good again today. I was surprised that I heard some sulfur (I like it). That did not happen with my last big bottle.
    • Nose
      The sherry is here. I have kirsch. Strawberries with a stalk and some earth on it. Plum cake. From time to time a reminder of sulfur. Then eucalyptus. Hint of juniper berries. Wet wood.
    • Taste
      Initially quite soft but not too watery. Forest honey. Fruit tea with a lot of sugar candy. Again minimal sulfur. Raisins. Raspberry jelly. Orange peel. Now it gets spicier and some pepper comes. Then dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Baked apple with nuts. Bark, liquorice and spicy oak.

  17. Avatar scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Everything is subtle about this whisky. The smell slightly fruity; the taste refined and somewhat wood; aftertaste soft and reasonably long.

  18. gostev scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    Where is the line between a sherry and a whisky? Linkwood 15 is married to Oloroso sherry and this alliance is vivid.

    Bold character. Warm, biting, full of nuttiness. Could it be that one added sherry for lowering a proof? :) 
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/02/15/four-linkwoods-two-blends-and-a-balvenie/

    Another good all-rounder. Easy drinker, easy pleaser. Scores the same as I had it [same batch], a few years ago.

    Scores a B-

  20. Jean Ginster scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Complex sherry whisky, light and dark. It is a fine and dry sherry that characterizes the whisky. Very balanced and tasty, and nicely complex for its age. Very good PLV.
    • Nose
      Strawberry, and some cherry, vanilla, caramel, delicate oak, fine sherry, from a dry sherry
    • Taste
      again the red fruits, strawberry, cherry and some orange, soft, caramel, then sherry notes with raisins, nuts, almonds, amaretto.
    • Finish
      medium-long, with oak spice, becoming drier, but it remains a hint of red fruits. Then aftertaste with sherry, raisins and nuts

  21. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    An exciting, complex sherry whisky, with both light and dark aromas. He benefits from some time to breathe. The intense oloros are accompanied by the fresh aromas of the nose and oak. nice thing.
    • Nose
      Egg. I can roast immature oranges and something undefined green. Fortunately, it disappears after 5 minutes in the glass and allows me to enjoy reasonable. Orangeat, bitter orange marmalade, oak, old scales, in the second nose freshly mowed grass, honeysuckle, currants. Much better.
    • Taste
      Acid onset, ripe oranges, becomes softer, and honey-sweet, then strong Olorosoten with dried plum, raisins, walnut, almonds, Amaretto.
    • Finish
      Amaretto, mint, bitter almonds, oak, rather dry. Long, spicy aftertaste with amaretto, elderflower and honeysuckle.

  22. Koalafant scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    TASTING GLADI-TREFFEN 08.07.2017 =>85/100

    09.07.2018 => 85/100


    SID #433

  23. Mephisto scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  24. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A well-made whisky. You can give him some time. He looks old school, is very well balanced and very expressive especially in the nose. I like it very much - 20.05.2017
    • Nose
      Peppermint chewing gum, tangerine, orange peel, rose, buttered yeast cake, the alcohol is superficial but not intrusive, raspberry jam, rascals, light caramel, caramac, marzipan, amarena cherries, lightly burnt marshmellow, after a while it becomes sweeter and more chocolaty
    • Taste
      Full-bodied, sherry aroma, buttery soft, white pepper, raisins, sultanas, orange-spicy, wild honey, Ricola herb sweet, a little oak, hardly bitterness, it remains the honey note
    • Finish
      Lang

  25. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very yummy, almost Japanese in the middle, the end is too woody. No idea what the Lord has under me here for Darksherry notes, probably. something else drunk;)
    • Nose
      Nice fruitiness, with fine malt, vanilla, fine oak, vllt. a little characterless overall
    • Taste
      Full oak but delicious, fine aniseed, in between peach, apple, something floral tingling in the mouth (salt too?). Sultainine and some malt
    • Finish
      Medium long, spicy, some anise remains, oak

  27. JHS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. JHS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    a great understated Speyside single malt that has got a strenght character. It can easily compete with other better known Speyside distilleries.
    • Nose
      sherry; spices; oak; dark, dried fruits; sweetness; nutty notes; dark citrus notes; floral notes; hints of chocolate and coffee; strong barley note; creamy associations; oily character; raisins; sultanas; floral; honey; hinbts of (red) apples; overall very balanced and mature character with omnipresent spices
    • Taste
      sherry; mild, creamy oak; floral; malted barley; dried fruits; less sweetness than the nose implies; spices; black coffee; dark, bitter chocolate; raisins; sultanas; hints of nuts; hints of apples; slightly floral; sweetness in the backround; overall very mature and oak-influenced character
    • Finish
      medium; spicy; dry; oak; nutty; and sherry influenced character; overall mellow, mature and intense

  29. Unclimbability scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    Colour: Gold

    Body: Full

    Nose: Intense sherry nose. Very appley, menthol, creamy oak, sweet red apple, sharp green apple, apple crumble, bit of strawberry, brown sugar, vanilla, lots of honey, bit of pineapple, herbal note- Mint, olive oil?, sweet sherry, oaky tannins, coffee, bit of fruitcake. A little bit of heat.

    Taste: Intense sweetness. Sweet red apple, sharp green apple, sharp unripe pear, bit of cranberry, brown sugar, aged sweet sherry, lots of oak interaction- Old wood and sweet oak, drying spices build, cream, fruitcake.

    Finish: Medium length. Drying sweet oaky spices fade, then sweet sherry kick to end.

    A lovely Speyside malt. Enough character to separate it from the 50 or so other Speyside distilleries.

    75/100

  30. KayMeertens scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Apple, almond, caramel
    • Taste
      Caramel, almond, hazelnut, plum and cocoa.
    • Finish
      Cocoa, almond, caramel, hazelnut, apple, plum

  31. michevinyl scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice and tasty
    • Nose
      Red apple, raisins, vanilla, sherry, butter, piedough
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity, raisins, butter, spicy black pepper
    • Finish
      Sweet and spicy honey, chocolate, cherry in marzipan

  32. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  33. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Just like the fifteen-year-old Mortlach from G & M, I like the Linkwood as well. In the nose one is almost killed by the sweet sherry. With a little time, however, the nose drifts into slightly spicier followers. The mouth is then dominated by dark fruits and oak. The finish is then a mixture of both.
    • Nose
      The sweet and fruity sherry puffs my nose. It's really sweet with cherry jelly and forest honey. Then come cotton candy, brown sugar and a little caramel. With a little time in the glass then comes a certain base seasoning. A little bit of pepper, oak and cinnamon get out of the glass. The cherry jelly becomes kirsch and it reminds of MonCheri. The alcohol is barely perceptible. After the first sip, it gets a little more woody and spicy.
    • Taste
      It is very soft and silky on the tongue. It gets slightly oily. He just tingles easily. Now there is a mixture of spicy, slightly bitter oak and darker fruit in the mouth. Again pepper, this time with pickled cherries. There are dark forest berries added. It is reminiscent of currant ice cream. In the mouth now much spicier than in the nose.
    • Finish
      The finish is short to medium long and nice and warm. It's sweet at first, then bitter on the palate. Again, I easily feel bitter notes of wood. After the initial sweetness and seasoning comes a decent portion of pepper. The palate stays spicy with chocolate and oak.

  34. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  35. jankes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. Bendrachm scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    This one is tricky. We found these GM bottlings vary greatly batch to batch.

    I got lucky. Very pronounced character. A real bang for your buck. In fact one of my favorite drams ever!

    Eye: Amontillad minus. Irregular beads. Nose: Gently hot. Briny butter, raisins, orange peel, oregano, pepper, hay. No convincing smoke. Mouth: Slight burn in the nostrils. Squeaky. Raisin. Sweetened ginseng tea. A zest of “boerenkool” (a Dutch recipe of mashed potato and kale): creamy butter, nutmeg. More the sum of its parts. Finish: Warm and fuzzy. Coating. Chili milk chocolate. Sweet in harmony with a gentle bitter.

  37. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  38. Archer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A very nice nose, great flavors on the tongue, the finish a round thing. A very nice malt.
    • Nose
      Fruity refreshing nose. At first, ripe peaches and apricots dominate. After a while come oak notes and mild spices that color the fruit notes darker and lead to berry. The smell of a damp forest floor. Vanilla is floating above the fruits.
    • Taste
      In the beginning sweet malt and orange marmalade. Also on the tongue is vanilla, which mixes beautifully with the malt. Fresh bread dough, old oak planks. Freshly tanned leather. Honey. The aromas are varied and beautifully matched. After a while you will find a fine herbal note.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium with notes of orange leaves, malt and old oak.

  39. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity. Yellow apples, oranges, bright grapes. Raisins and some vanilla sugar. Some soil, garden herbs and tree bark.
    • Taste
      Bright grapes, raspberries, peach. Honey. Slightly nutty.

  40. Pikehunter scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I like this whisky very much.

    Maybe I buy an second bottle. 
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  41. emptycask scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  42. The Macallan scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A very nice one!
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
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  44. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Bonus dram from Nick for comparison against the Linkwood 25yo WB
    N: Not to much difference in profile by comparison to the 25yo. This younger edition has a more youthful vibrancy but less complexity, much less. Mainly translates as a vanilled, gingery, sugary nose but by comparison to the 25, potency it may have but it can only dream of the depth and detail of its older siblings.
    T: Again, similar profile, more edgy but still very tasty
    F: Shares some of the dank wood notes. The vanillas herald a lovely sweet>bitter-sour conclusion
    C: By comparison, the conclusion is clearly evident - its potency vs detail, but both are lovely. Currently £43 at TWE [Dec ’15]

    Scores a B[-] [85]

  45. Butz75 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  46. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  47. Georges scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Full, oaky, smoked ham, berries, port
    • Taste
      Full, toffee, spicy, vanilla, buttery
    • Finish
      Medium long, oaky, spicy

  48. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTES by G&M;

    Colour: Golden Amber.

    WITHOUT WATER:

    Nose: Fresh and fragrant with heavy Sherry influences. More delicate fruity

    notes develop.

    Palate: Heavy sweetness, very smooth and creamy, with a delicate spicy edge.

    Some nutty influences - brazil nuts.

    WITH WATER:

    Nose: Fresh and fragrant, highly floral - some violet notes. Sweetness is

    present with a subtle charred oak edge.

    Palate: Mouth warming - hint of ground black pepper, well balances and sweet.

    Body: Medium.

    Finish: Medium.

    Cask Type(s): Refill Sherry casks.

    Whisky Style: Smooth and sherried.

  49. ASWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    mmh, I like them indeed

    a nice whisky with a delicious nose
    Mouth and finish are suitable and consistent with the nose

    ranking:
    1st nose, 2nd finish, 3rd mouth
    • Nose
      Apricots with nuts
      a lot of woodruff
      warm orange juice with vanilla
    • Taste
      tingling start
      nutty, sweet caramel
      sweet woodruff & peppery spiciness
      spicy apricot juice
      liquid milk chocolate
    • Finish
      medium
      sweet & slightly bitter woody
      Malt sweetness with soft wood and apricot

  50. Igor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Full, rich, intense, deep, strongly sherried and all that; no wonder, it reminds me of good GlenDronach for some reason. Quality too. Love it.
    • Nose
      Heady, rather piquant smell, dense, hot, muskiness, fructose, apricot, dried apricots, horseradish, ginger root, dried fig, dates, caramel apple. Oops... erasing rubber (thinly), earthy/putty-like note, honey, plum paste jam/prune butter, apricot jam.
    • Taste
      Bright and lively, but supple, with a slender figure. Toffee chew, toasted oak cask, hearty (Bajan?) rum note, ginger, peppery blast wave, cloves, more toffee, milk chocolate (intensely), cappuccino/mocha.
    • Finish
      Enduring, somewhat nippy, sharp (just right), spicy-dry, a trace of sherry (Amontillado?), oil cake, soy sauce, dates, chocolate pudding pie, fizzy viscosity of cola, soya-based milk, almonds.

  51. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Solid mid-age sherry malt that does everything right. Imagine a slightly bolder Macallan 12 SO (age-/abv-wise). Recommended!
    • Nose
      Initially, there is strong old-style sherry and oak. Moderately spirity.
      Very nutty and bold, with hints of flint and earth, even with only 43%
      ABV its quite condensed. It turns remarkably sweet and chocolaty after a
      few minutes.
    • Taste
      Spicy sweetness with malt, black pepper, and caramel. Oily texture.
    • Finish
      Medium-long. Very spicy and vivid. Becomes dryer in the finish.

  52. Master Quill did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Score is for a bottle from 2006

    The nose is great and shows what it could have been. Alas the reduction and/or the E150 killed it. It`s not bad, but could have been better... 

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