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Linkwood 21yo 1989/2011

(61.7%, Signatory Vintage for LMdW, Sherry Butt, C#3207, 303 Bts.)
Average Score: 89
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
BottlerSignatory Vintage
Bottled ForLMdW
Brand NameLinkwood
Year Distilled1989
Year Bottled2011
Alcohol By Volume61.7%
Other DetailsSherry Butt
Cask Number#3207
Average Score89

Maniac Ratings
Johannes van den Heuvel89
Robert Karlsson78
Konstantin Grigoriadis90
Ho-cheng Yao91
Krishna Nukala93
Rich Howard88
David Wankel90
Oliver Klimek89
Ralf Mitchell94

Retired Maniac Ratings
Keith Wood90

Tasting Notes
Robert KarlssonSome hints of vinegar, sourly raisin and towards canned cucumber. Strong, wood. Kind of extreme. Tastewise the vinegar is clearly subdued although it returns a bit in the aftertaste. Big on sourly raisin. Sulphur? Rubber? Not precisely my style.
Rich Howardcandied fruits, blackberry jam, ripe plums, sangria, maduro tobacco, definite hints of spent matchsticks and sulfur, after a few minutes, whiffs of dark chocolate. the palate is very strong, and incredibly dense and intense, with mulled wine and sangria fruits, cinnamon and cloves, chocolate-covered pretzels (and a few vanilla-covered ones as well), notable hints of sulfur on the finish here as well. water brings out blackcurrant jam on the nose, with chocolate-covered cherries, candle wax, english toffee and nougat, natural cigar wrapper, cedar cigar box. the palate is sweeter and spicier, perhaps fewer fruits but more cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, tobacco, linen and cedar. summary: tons of christmas fruits and spices, plenty of tobacco and cedar... maybe have a bit too much sulfur for some. water will take you on an endless journey. [tasted blind for the 2011 Awards]