Whisky Review: Gordon & Macphail Linkwood Cask Strength 1991

Style: Sherry-Fruity, Spicy and Complex


Fresh cranberries and cherry blossom leading the sherry mist, hitting a stiff malty core which is further plated with graphite and chilli spice. Valencia orange squeezing in between, dry honeycomb with a touch of floral note and tails with Belgium chocolate.


Ah, the summer berries and orange citrus open up brightly on the palate. Lemon zest strings, ginger/chilli spice gives the dram a great burst of life. The sherry notes – Cranberries, red liquorice, and co. laced around the fruity malt. Coconut shreds, more blue berries down the track, while subtle floral overtone is released up high and growing stronger overtime. Finish with lime juice and honeyed barley.


Malt, then another bite of chocolate, fruits and sherry slowly fade away.


It must have been a while since I bought this bottle because I have no recollection of purchasing it. I was quite surprised to find it left forgotten at the corner on my Speyside shelf. A pleasant surprise! Anyway, back to this dram – Maybe it’s a bit shy, but the expression manages to cover a wide spectrum of flavours, showing multiple dimensions of Linkwood in a pretty balanced way. The complexity is even more evident when it is given more time. All credit to the fruit-malty core, which remains unfazed in front of a rather strong sherry presence. Quite a decent dram.

☆ [Recommended]

[53.4% | Independent Bottling |1991 Distilled | 2007 Bottled | Aged 16 Years | Cask Number: 5520 & 5522 | Cask Strength | Non Chill Filtered | Non Coloured | Matured in First Fill Butts | Tasted on 18/12/2019 | *]