Linlithgow 1973

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2004
Stated Age
30 years old
Number of bottles
59.6 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
05 Feb 2009 8:25 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2132.35

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Whisky Reviews for Linlithgow 1973

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.77 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    Incredibly this is what Jim Murray says about it:-
    70 points - Nose 18, taste18,finish16, balance 18
    He goes onto say- A brave but ultimately futile effort from a malt that is way past its sell by date.
    This is from the bloke that awards Ardbeg 10 97 points in the same bible?????
    I do not profess to be an epert on whisky however Jim Murray does, let me say without any reservation that Jim Murray is talking a load  BS.
    This is a great whisky.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    2 years later and finally having this again and my view is still the same a lovely whisky.

    If anyone wants an indication of just how wrong Jim Murray can be sometimes, this is the perfect example.

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Superb St Magdalene. I found the nose a bit shy, and lacking a bit of complexity. But the fruity extravagance hits the palate and makes the dram memorable.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Superb slightly camphorated nose.
      Pastry cream, lemon, puff pastry. Almost the recipe for a good lemon pie. A little almond paste, acacia honey and vanilla.
      With aeration we also have some exotic fruits that appear. Papaya, mango mainly.
      We feel that this dram is going to be powerful and intense.
    • Taste
      93 93
      On the palate, it is oily and evolves into creaminess. The alcohol is well integrated, even you can feel the power of the dram.
      Acacia honey, peach, mango, melon syrup. Lemon, orange.
      Milk chocolate, wood and light woody spices. Nutmeg, vanilla, pepper, liquorice.
      Light oily and slightly herbaceous peat.
    • Finish
      94 94
      Superb and long finish, on exotic fruits, mango, passion fruit, kiwi, custard, vanilla, dark chocolate. A little lemon candy, orange zest, liquorice. Eucalyptus and light cold ash.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    With water the nose did not change and the palate was still full of sherbert fizz and fruity.

    Neat or with water this is an absolute winnner, it is so fruity you just want more.
    A stellar whisky.
    If only the powers that be had known Linlithgow would age so well, what a shame this distillery was closed.
    • Nose
      Honey, honeycomb, slight vanilla, lemon curd, fruit cake, quite refined and really lovely.
    • Taste
      Full bodied, quite hot at first but then a massive wave of zesty  sweetness, sherbert, lemon, lime and a little pineapple, basically really fruity.
    • Finish
      Long, warming on fizzy sherbert.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. rabbitnose scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    So fuckking powerful…

    Its fruit bomb…

    You still feel the alchol in both nose and taste but super long finish with just fruit bomb everywhere…

    Its one of the most stongest sip i ever had.

    Not about balance nor taste.. just phenomenal how it works in your mouth… very very impressive

  7. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    My favorite markers are tropical fruit and warm lemon pie.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Vanilla, the crust of a sweet cake, perhaps lemon and apple, a little tropical, pineapple and mango. fresh, dried and baked fruit and yellow berries (peaches and apricots). The sweet, bright yellow aroma of fresh fruit: apple, pear, peach, lemon and pineapple, and subtle notes of smoke.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The crust of a sweet pie on which the apple jam was spilled and baked on it.
    • Finish
      91 91
      the aftertaste is sweet, bright, slightly baked, but at the base-fruity, long-lasting

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Jim Murray is an idiot (ref: his 70 points for this whisky), but unlike him, the rest of us can learn from our mistakes. I originally had a glass of this excellent whisky back when I was only beginning my whisky hobby, and while I recognized it as a good one, I wrote down nothing about it and rated it 90, thinking it was good but not truly special.

    Now, years later, I had a chance to try this famous Linlithgow again, and I'm floored: This is just the kind of naked, distillate-heavy, Rare Malts-ish profile I've only come to love through experience and a thorough investigation of all that Scotch whisky has to offer.

    There's a lesson to be learned here: revisit your old scores, especially from the time you were only starting your hobby, and re-examine your premises. It does good for a man, or a woman, to admit that perhaps the nuances of the very best malts only open up to an experienced palate, and a snap judgment made early in your journey isn't worth much. Granted, from my then 90 points to 92 now isn't much of a change, but the years in between at least have made me capable of articulating why I think back then I wasn't seeing this one in the light it truly deserves.
    • Nose
      A beautiful nose! It's a vaguely fruity, vaguely peaty affair with a fair amount of worn, old, sour oak. Naked and glorious, and if not exactly similar, then not that far away from Rare Malts Linkwood 1972s (later RM Linkwoods aren't from old Linkwood, and don't count). Some herbal salts come up every now and then, and faint white pepper. Water opens it up some, but doesn't change the overall profile much. It doesn't sound like much by descriptors, maybe, but realize that these kind of noses are extinct now, and to be cherished whenever found. Can we start a whisky extinction rebellion?
    • Taste
      Old, soggy oak, slightly fatty body, some slight old style peatiness (think Littlemill or old Linkwood), and then that amazing fruitiness that's like the tastiest lemon sherbet. I'm getting some echoes of that 1967 25yo Chieftain's undisclosed Auchentoshan, although this has more gravitas and punch. Water doesn't IMO really change it, just makes it bigger, and bigger. It's very focused, not really veering anywhere from the main tastes, and displaying no flaws whatsoever.
    • Finish
      Long on the sour old oak, with a wisp of drying peatiness in the tail. Lovely! Is Linlithgow/St. Magdalene the true queen of the Lowlands? I believe so.

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Nice fruity spiciness, very fresh and powerful, really enjoyable

  10. Thorleifs scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    I agree with Lincolnimp, this is a great whisky. All this exeptional wood flavours are there, good woods as I call them.
    Jim Murray is clearly way off on this one..


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