Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Private Collection
Calculated age
16 years old
Côte Rôtie Wine Casks Finish
Number of bottles
45.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
12/10/15 151347
Added on
24 Oct 2015 8:33 am by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 102.01

43 × in wishlist

161 × member ratings

315 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Linkwood 1998 GM

39 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.88 points

  1. wbarchive_104650 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    one of the very few !!!
    • Nose
      typical nice Linkwood muff paired with a dark, heavy sweetness; light, subtle tingling with alcohol; Raisins and dark chocolate; Cherry brandy; the wine barrel makes itself felt; a bit of banana comes along, but disappears again relatively fast; the dark wood is always present
    • Taste
      very oily; very sweet and nutty; Caramel, chocolate and toffee; become dry; a few spices are also there
    • Finish
      medium; nice again with dark fruits and oak; Chocolate and raisins; getting dry; leaves a very sweet, heavy finish

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2017]  Another one of these modern stylish wine finishes.  From time to time I wonder if these finishes were invented as a last mean to revitalise an otherwise dead and boring cask (as the wine flavours are often the only ones to recognise and the malt is somehow non-existent).  So let us check this release...

    The colour is mahogany with a clear red tint.  Did they really empty the cask completely or was some wine left in it - no one will know for sure...  The nose is very sweet winey but at least some malty toffee aromas shine through.  I belief that I even can recognise some Linkwood trademark aromas, but I am not too sure about that.  The mouthfeel is warming and somewhat adstringent (vinegar, papers).  A typical feeling that often comes with strong wine cask finishes.  The taste is winey, winey, winey and ... almost no whisky flavours that I can find.  Same on the finish that is quite drying at the end (papers).

    Okay, I am pretty sure now that this cask was dead - period.  Here I go with Serge and do not like such wine finishes as these are simply cheating the customer about the whisky quality as such.  Probably this whisky was not sellable otherwise (did even blenders refuse it?).  I suggest to drink a bottle of Côte Rôtie wine instead - it is more delicious and much more cheaper...
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The wine takes over
    • Nose
      87 87
      very fruity, fudge, vanilla, dried figs, prunes, cloves
    • Taste
      88 88
      full bodied, candied fruits, nutmeg, cardamom, caramel, sultanas
    • Finish
      87 87
      syrupy texture, light spiciness, fresh fruits, figs, heather, vanilla, molasses

  4. Pollenflug scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Lots of sweet, red fruits caress my nasal tip. The influence of wine is clearly noticeable right from the start. The alcohol content of 45% is very well integrated and imperceptible due to the intense aroma flavor. Ripe strawberries, raspberries, cherries, redcurrants, sweet grapes and gummy bears form the sweet and fruity base. Delicate hints of honey, rich dark chocolate spicy oak and a subtle muffiness complete the aromatic profile.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is very full-bodied, soft and oily. The fruity-sweet impression of Nosing continues seamlessly in terms of taste. The sweet, red fruits (strawberries, raspberries & cherries) are almost omnipresent at the beginning. A "red wine impression" arises, in addition, I register already a slight dryness on the palate. Caramel, honey, dark chocolate, nuts, spices (nutmeg?) And spicy wood notes follow with a powerful intensity. The taste of the alcohol is not noticeable and favors, due to the flavor profile, a nearly dangerous sweetness of the malts. The balance between the fruity notes and "heavy" woody influences has been well taken care of for my taste.
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm and fruity-spicy. The red fruits, which remain pleasantly sweet and slowly fade away, also dominate on the home straight. Associations to a fruity-dry red wine, I register here again. Spicy oak notes are now more noticeable and take over the taste superior with dark chocolate, spices, nuts and hints of dried fruit. Finally, a noticeable dryness and slight bitterness on the palate.

  5. Lorion scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Pretty good! 88 points!
    • Nose
      Vinous, cherries, dates, figs, oak. Makes a dry impression. Red apple, cinnamon, orange peel. Over time, the spice increases and becomes dominant. Plums are added, some leather. After the first sip, biscuits get in the nose. Fruit sandwiches. He counts his wine-like character.
    • Taste
      Full on in the mouth. Fruity, even a little sweet, but dryness prevails. Extremely tasty, no alcohol and yet fully there. Sweeter at the second sip. Raspberries .... Hmmmm yummy. After several sips, oak is added.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, vinous and fruity.

  6. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A very nice wine finish, Linkwood goes very well with wine finishes, as you could see more often, you do not recognize it so much, except by the light herbal smells, but that makes it so fitting.
    • Nose
      Ohja, the wine is directly noticeable, rather superficial without being particularly definable, most likely strawberry cream sweet, lavender, quite sweetish, toffee, honey, cinnamon, light nutmeg, some sage in the background, of course, a few berries of wine, raisins, some cherry vllt. also
    • Taste
      Here too, as in the nose, the wine, strawberries, raspberries, sage, cinnamon, lavender, rosemary, some juniper berries, red berries, nutmeg, a little black pepper, a little elegant oak and beautiful malt, light raisins, Vanilla, honey
    • Finish
      Dry red berries with peel, black pepper, malt, nutmeg, dry oak and light raisins, a little dried apricot, medium to long, dry and sweetish

  7. Andytka3 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N- Fresh, polished vanilla and honey with the sweetness stripped off, hence quite leafy and full of esters. Zings of copper, chocolate notes and spice jar. All works quite well together with dusts of floral, dried petals and hay at the back.

    P- Charm stone fruits with plenty of sour and tart berries, tannin, strawberries jam with good strength hitting the right notes. Milky natural yoghurt with pepper and cinnamon.

    F- Medium length, medium dry and warming. Profound and fine balance mouthfeel. — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. BehindSpace scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  9. davidloosli scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Decent wine finish, the influence of the wine barrel is rather strong
    • Nose
      A lot of red fruits, strawberry, mango, a touch of mint, grapes, sweet red apple, yuzu lemon, caramell, with water vanilla
    • Taste
      Sweet berries, overripe strawberries, lime, white pepper, red currant
    • Finish
      Fruit tea, grapefruit, rather short, spicy wood

  10. Whiskyzoom scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    More on www.whiskyzoom.de

    A beautiful malt with a very successful red wine finish, which does not destroy the character of the Linkwood. Very clear recommendation on my part. However, if you are not into red wine finishes, you will completely go under.
    • Nose
      Powerful, dark, alcoholic fruits with chocolate, cinnamon and oak come directly into my nose. Here, the red wine has struck properly and the normal sweetness of Linkwood significantly strengthened. Leaving it in the glass for a while, it also reveals a bit of the typical Linkwood spiciness somewhere between pepper, sage and mint.
    • Taste
      Despite only 45% of the start is quite neat and surprising after the nose: it shows immediately unmistakably oak, before the heavy sweetness of a dry red wine added. Dark fruits, especially cherries, strawberries and blueberries, also get through, but also the chocolate and towards the end a few nuts are noticeable.
    • Finish
      Heavy and somehow elegant, the whisky lays on the tongue, nourishes the palate properly and leaves after mid-length a comforting dryness in the mouth. A little bit of everything is there again, when sweetness and spiciness, chocolate and fruits, oak and nuts meet in the end.


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