Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Rare Vintage
1st Fill Sherry Hogshead
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 Mar 2014 10:26 pm by Afrathon

Average value

€ 652,98

5 × in wishlist

17 × member ratings

14 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Linkwood 1972 GM

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.27 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2018]  It is Easter weekend so it is time for some special drams, this year I selected some rare vintages from Gordon&MacPhail out of their Speyside Collection.  No, I did not buy these expensive bottles as their price is simply absurd for a drinker (not sure if it is justified for a collector or investor either, but that is another story).  So I just bought a sample...

    The colour is amber (what is quite pale for a 40-years maturation in a first fill sherry cask) and the texture shows a fat sticky ring that builds fat sticky tears that build very slow legs (what a great oiliness!).  The nose offers a subtle and delicate old style sherry profile that is truly complex.  It is mainly herbal-fruity driven with dozens of different aromas in a fine balance.  It takes some time to fully enfold so let it breath for some minutes.  The dram instantly coats the mouth with a warming feeling and a slight adstringentness from the woods (that is not distracting).  The palate is fruity-sweet with all the fine sherry-induced flavours marching in perfect harmony - no one tries to dominate any other.  A dram to chew for minutes to fully enjoy its delicateness.  The finish is of medium length only (unfortunately) but without any distracting note.  Some water opens up the nose and taste further (but the same does a longer breathing time) but it flattens the taste, of course.  I like the neat dram best.

    This is a very delicate dram and a fine selection out of the impressive G&M stocks.  As a drinker I am willing to pay up to 300 Eurobucks for such a bottle - but unfortunately no one is willing to sell it for that price...

    PS:  By the way, this bottling was done from a first fill sherry hogshead no. 14796 that yielded 277 bottles (according to G&M).
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    He was a bit too long in the barrel. The nose still pleases, the mouth is just too sour-woody. Unfortunately, this puts the points just below the 80, so below the limit, which describes a whisky with the word "good" for me. 79 points.
    • Nose
      Very herbal. Wood and herbs, quite fresh even. Slowly a sweetness comes through and a light fruitiness. Generally, however, the whisky stays more on the herb-sour side of the herb. Peach comes through slowly. A sour note is behind (or before?) All. Acidic wood. Now comes tea in the nose, chamomile tea.
      After inclusion of the palate: The herbs go back a bit, the nose becomes (with time) more pleasing and for me personally more pleasant.
    • Taste
      Dry herbs fall in the mouth. It's getting sour soon. Oak is neat, but not on the aromatic and spicy side, but rather on the sourish side. The Nachschmecken is bitter, the start is a bit thin, but is rapidly intensifying.
    • Finish
      Short, whichever is longer, is a dry, tart herb note.

  3. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Meets exactly my nerves, as soon as I find something like tea I'm blown away, the most special thing is that he himself has gained in comparison to other> 50y from the 50s with the most over 1h again, great part, please whole Spend the evening with!
    • Nose
      The very aromatic main notes are pickled pear, rosemary, lavender, thyme, fine leather and what I often find at Linkwood and love: beautiful teen. Greener as well as whiter. Beautiful herbal honey, cinnamon, vanilla, candle wax, pebbles, fresh notes but very set and matured, a little green apple, a little nutmeg, yellow plum, later after a lot of time, it is also a little darker with raisins and dates, probably. even baked apple and brown sugar, again after more than 1h, the intensity has actually doubled again and all the above is concentrated as if you had sprayed the whole glass gossamer with the whisky as a perfume, rarely had such a "full" Nosingerlebnis after about 1-2h
    • Taste
      Lavender tea, nutmeg, clove, some black pepper in between, nettle tea, cinnamon, dark honey and yellow plum, here is the baked apple again, brown sugar, dates, a hint of salt, I also claim to find, dark malt and in all the same Tea bags with you
    • Finish
      Dry-fleshy, is on the finish again fuller than you could bite into the (but not bitter) herbs, brown sugar and beautiful brown malt, dried pear and plum, dark honey, long

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: This has a good putty-like pong. Yep yep, I like this style, it sits somewhere between the oldies and the youngies - which is neat given it was distilled then and bottled now-ish.

    T: Sugary oil, or oily sugar and briny too, with a little smoke throughout.
    F: Same course but doesn't hang about.
    C: Nice, very nice indeed.

    Scores a B[-]


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