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Whisky Reviews for Linkwood 1996 SMWS 39.139
4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.27 points
- Scent: Bourbon. Cherry. Vanilla. lavender
- Hmm difficult, I like him. Somehow. But still: 19 years in ex-Oloroso and then a finish in 1st Fill PX? There must be more to come? Would not have appreciated him blind so sure. 83/100
At the beginning a bit alcoholic, so let him stand for 20 minutes. Over time, kiwi, dates and oak smoke notes come up (it smells like a Tuli sauna for me), as well as warm cherries.
Here confirms the sauna, together with the Sherrynoten results in a beautiful, unfortunately somewhat closed picture. A little water does that really well. Fermented white grapes and slightly heavier, tropical vllt mango.
The finish is warm and very very fine.
- SMWS tasting notes:
At first the panel found a fresh character of menthol, lemon sherbet, tonic water and After Eight mints with apple tart. Then came the richness of tobacco, prunes, spices, dark chocolate, raisons, vanilla and sweet Sherry notes. Remaining fizzy there was sweet pink wafer with cinder toffee and a herbal edge with dandelion and burdock before orange and blackberry fruit and a woody finish of furniture polish on charred oak. After maturing for 19 years in an ex-Oloroso butt it was transferred to a 1st fill ex-Pedro Ximinez butt for the remainder of its maturation.
DRINKING TIP: To be contemplated with little distractions and a lot of time.