Overall rating
87.31/100
votes
77
Whiskybase ID
WB56885
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Whisky Import Nederland (WIN)
Bottling serie
First Cask
Vintage
23.07.1997
Bottled
02.06.2014
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Re-rack Sherry Hogshead
Casknumber
7188
Number of bottles
294
Strength
59.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 aug 2014 10:28 pm by MadMaster
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89.00

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Whisky reviews for Linkwood 1997 WIN

26 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.31 points.

  1. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a powerful sensation, I love this. Best Linkwood so far.

    I was lucky to get to take the last drops of this bottle with me after the 2019 New Year's BYO by the Usquebaugh Society. Thanks again!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Strong. Burnt brown sugar, honey, mint, crushed sea shells, vanilla sticks, caramel, salt, nuts, some yellow fruit, some citrus,
    • Taste
      91 91
      Thick and oily. First sweet. Honey and citrus, vanilla and caramel, then the dram comes crushing in from all sides with strong, salty, peppery hay. Honey drips and sticks to all sides of the mouth,
    • Finish
      89 89
      leaving a strong trace of burnt, brown sugar in it's trace. Some musty hay and sticky honey appear in the aftermath in small waves.
      Only slightly bitter and slightly drying in the end.

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  3. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    quality Linkwood with a hint of Diesel, nice!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  4. Andytka3 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    1606) Linkwood, 1997/2014, 16YO, First Cask, Whisky Import Nederland

    Built exactly 200 years ago in 1821, and had only been mothballed once from 1985/1990 (except 1941-1945 for obvious reasons). With huge annual volume of 3.5L, only a fraction of their stock goes into Single Malt by various IB and highly regarded by aficionados. Some best Linkwood I had so far were from SMWS.
    • Nose
      N- Crisp, malt barn and sweet wort, followed by ginger-honey chamomile, caramelized liquorice and crushed floral. Maple honey with grassy spicy notes developed. Intrigue over the nuttiness and citrus candy instead of complexity, although, it has both readily for the seasoned nose. Not sure what is the initial cask before re-racked into Sherry Hogshead, but it complements so well without overwhelming the original cask-which highly possibly a Bourbon. Soft and well layered aromas with the Sherry appeared secondary in a fine orderly manner. (94/23)
    • Taste
      P- Powerful entry with fragrant oak bomb. Wild herbs and fresh nuts over spicy mouthfeel precede to the honey waxed, nutmeg extract and lurks of floral liquorice nuances. Profound with sweet charms. (94/23)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, silken at almost 60% with top notched texture. Echoing fresh and breezy sweet pine and sugared mint on drifts of distance brewed coffee and baked pastry. Lasting waxy creaminess at the tails. (93/23)

      B/B- 95/24 Miraculously weighted and layered. Sensationally balanced and well mannered. So ripe and ready...

      Weighted Rate- 94pt, +1 for equally superb on value.

  5. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. stefsel111 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Willum scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Steven79 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22.5, taste 22, finish 21.5, balance 22

  10. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Strong powerful whisky, with a lot of fresh, fruity and sweet notes.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Fresh and friendly, pretty strong, a lot of alcohol. Fruity, citrus, pear, melon, grassy as well. Even a glimpse of chlorine, and some licorice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Strong, licorice, orange, honey. A lot of alcohol, some caramel. Also a bit floral, and nutty.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still pretty strong, licorice, orange, honey, some oak influence. Pretty long finish, also some tobacco in the end.

  12. mr.p9 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. GJR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  15. Zoltavar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky, no doubt. Just this toffee-ish side doesn't convince me. On consecutive tastings, this smell wasn't that present.
    • Nose
      A rather thick bouquet, but one that is in dilemma: toffee/caramel, or fruit and flowers? It's a bit of both worlds. In the beginning, the toffee-ish side seems to dominate, but that fades away (hurray!). What results is a rather sherry-influenced fruitiness, with mainly raisins (they remind me of rum-soaked raisins though ;)) and Dutch appelstroop (apple treacle). Still there is some freshness of orange and juicy oak (vanilla), barley, and grass. 
    • Taste
      Medium bodied, with a unexpected sweet attack, and good acidity towards the end. Next to the raisins, there is more fruit now: apricot, orange, Dutch appelstroop. The grassy and flowery style of Linkwood shows beneath. Some nutty aromas pop up too. 
    • Finish
      A bit short to be honest, with mainly dried fruit and spices from the oak: clove, pepper. Some barley lingers too. 

  17. MrRancho scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Round, balanced, multi-layered, tasty .... just fine!
    Oh yes, with water he watered quite fast, so beware!
    Tried again from 82 to 85 after trying again.
    • Nose
      Cotton candy, some sherry, cinnamon, vanilla, some citrus, hay, some balsa wood
    • Taste
      Oak, sweet, pepper, hazelnut, cocoa, salt
    • Finish
      Medium long, very dry, oak, a little sherry

  18. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Caramel, cappuccino, apricot, pecan nut, tea and peanut butter. With water more apricot instead of the caramel and nuttiness.
    • Taste
      Lots of caramel. Pepper, peanut, dried apricot, mocha and fig.
    • Finish
      Cappuccino, caramel, peanut butter. yellow raisin and apricot.

  19. Peter87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasting of a sample.
    • Nose
      Fruity - melon and mango, pastry, honey, citrus and almond paste. Some floral notes, butter, syrup and nuts - walnuts and pecan. Later some more spices - cinnamon and pepper.
    • Taste
      Sweet syrup as in PX sherry, orange, fruity and yellow grape fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with citrus - yellow grape fruits, mint and some spices. Later more sweet sherry notes like raisins.

  21. Banshieee scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      97 97
    • Finish
      100 100

  22. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very nice balance, with just the right amount of exciting twist and turns. You should give this whisky some time to fully blossom. And before I forget, this doesn't need any water, despite the high abv.
    • Nose
      Starts of pretty spicy and peppery, with some pickled lemon. The pepperiness remains, but a fruitiness appears after a few minutes. Melon, ripe banana and caramelized apple. The sherry influence is faint. The nose becomes a bit dirtier and more oaky over time.
    • Taste
      Much sweeter than the nose suggests, but the pepper is still here. Some tropical fruit with peaches and mangoes, and then some caramel. A very creamy mouthfeel. Plenty of oak (some tannins) and vanilla as well.
    • Finish
      Pear and apples. Pretty malty. Medium in length with a hint of tobacco right at the end.

  23. ducksingel scored this whisky 90 points Editor

    N: At first there was a very strong impression of fennel in the nose. And there was licorice, with later on an apple-like fruitiness and dough. Also some oakwood.

    T & B: developing from a 'dark' kind of sweetness to an oaky freshness. Waxy and mouth filling.

    F: Quite long and quite fresh.

    All by all a very interesting dram. What impressed me most was the nose.

  24. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    N: A sugary Speysider, bakers style with short-bread, flapjack, fruit biscuits, baked apples and other desserts, seasoned with turmeric, Amchoor powder and black pepper. After time, strong, oaky grain dominates with a touch of bubblegum.
    T: Murky start of sweet and thick apple tannins and peppery oak coupled with wholesome grain mash and dark stewed fruits on development, becoming fresh moving into the finish. Surprisingly controlled for a first cask. I didn’t have any trouble drinking this neat although adding some water does soften the oak influence. After some time theres aniseed bubblegum and other oak fruits surfacing with those [candy] fruit, oak oils appearing [synonymous with Linkwoods in my book] on development. the oils become waxier as it turns fresher. It seems very clear that this whisky spent most of its life in bourbon before the sherry re-rack. For tasting guidance, more time=more delicious
    F: Stays fresh [its most recognisable as a Linkwood at this moment] before subsiding, allowing the [vanilla] oak mash to shine once again. At the end - vanilla into raisin shortbread, light fudge, fruit/mint chocolate ‘After Eight’s’ and oaky tannins. Is that faint flint/ash at the death? Yep
    C: Theres plenty of oak although the grain is remarkably chatty, so they definitely get along. An extremely ‘natural’ expression and a complex one to boot.

    Scores a B

  25. Defeatless scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Red fruit, but quite alcoholic, apple, 'green' notes (like a forest smell), tropical fruit juice. Excellent rich flavour. With water: some clay and swamp (is that the reason for re-racking?).

    Initial taste: needs water. But neat: ripe tropical fruits. with water: hint of cigars, oak starts screaming!!!! vanilla and some caramel. hint of malt.

    Body: full.

    Finish: medium-long. Fruits stay. Some vanilla and caramel too.

    Price: a little expensive but not over the top

    Presentation: don't know this was a sample

    Comments: Sample from sample-swap with Hvdree.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  27. Cipidos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      88 88

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