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Gordon and MacPhail Linkwood 15 YO

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

22nd Aug 2022


Gordon and MacPhail Linkwood 15 YO
  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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I don’t have a lot of experience with Linkwood. A few years ago I bought a Cadenhead’s CS release on the recommendation of @bluenote. It is delicious (I even bought a spare), but I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it yet.

Recently @fiddich1980 send a few of us some samples of components he used to create a blend resembling JW Green. We sampled the blend and some of the parts just over a week ago. This was one of them. I don’t know much about the bottling except that it is 15 years old and bottled at 46%.

This expression is reviewed in my usual manner, in a Highland whisky glass, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.

Nose: 22/25

Fruity on the nose. Fruit punch. Fresh. Sweet but not cloyingly so. I get a touch of graininess, a touch of baking spice. Very pleasant nose. No significant change with water.

Taste: 21/25

Sweet on the arrival. Slightly spirity. Spicy. Bright fruits. A little effervescent in the development. Slightly thinner with water and I almost feel like I get a hint of peat, but it could be my imagination.

Finish: 21/25

Bitter on the finish, fairly long. Some pepper.

Balance: 21/25

Fairly balanced. Not as complex as I might expect from a middle-aged whisky.

Score: 85/100

This is a solid malt, presented in a solid manner. It’s probably not something I would want in my (currently overflowing) cabinet but certainly something I would accept if offered a dram.

Thank you @fiddich1980 for giving me the chance to get to know this whisky.

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BlueNote commented

@Nozinan I wish I'd bought 2 of that Cadenhead CS Linkwood. That was a flat out winner. As for the G&M 15 year old, It's very nice in a non complex way but I was a bit disappointed that it was not substantially better than the original 43% version which I thought was very good. I'm in complete agreement with your review, and 85, maybe 86 is where I would put it. I would have scored the earlier version about the same.

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Nozinan commented


Well, I can add that to the list of drams to share with you when come visit. If the bottle is empty by then, it will be a great excuse to open the spare.

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