Whisky Review: Gordon & Macphail Connoisseurs Choice Linkwood 1984 Aged 34 Years

Style: Sherry, Spicy and Complex

Nose:

Cranberries, red fruits, faint meatiness, waxy honeycomb, vanilla cream, strong peppermint all pressed tightly together to form a solid column. Herbal overtone flies high, while forest berries showing some refreshing fragrance. A sweet and fresh aroma.

Palate:

Autumn fruits, honey-baked ham, cherries and red liquorice blossoming nicely on the palate. Subtle floral notes infused with the peppermint spike, pecan pie served with some lip-smacking Sangria. Tobacco leaves, nutmeg and walnuts slowly emerge as the oak and earthiness come into effect. Herbal note continues to stand tall, chewy forest berries lingering at the back end.

Finish:

Sherry cream touches gently on the malt. Apricots and oranges humming softly, leading to a chocolate and forest berries finish.

Thoughts:

Not often you get to see a 34 years old Linkwood these days (that’s why I bought it), and this is quite an interesting drop. High abv, the distillate remains strong. As a result, the sherry and other elements have to accommodate and eventually subsumed by the spirit. A robust dram with nice sherry complexities to it. Close to 2 stars.

☆ [Recommended]

[58.1% | 1984 Distilled | 2018 Bottled | Single Cask | Batch 18/064 | Cask Strength | 481 Bottles | Matured in First Fill Sherry Butt | *+]

-Esmond

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