Linkwood SMWS 39.80

The Pepper Mill


Time for some old Linkwood from the 80's. A 27yo whisky from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society dubbed "Comforting warmth and sweet security". Distilled back in 1982, the disastrous whisky bubble was already looming at the horizon and three years later Linkwood, though one of the most modern distilleries due to the opening of the new Linkwood B back in the 70's, would be temporarily mothballed. Some critics claim that Linkwood would never truely recover from the closure and the quality of the finish product declined after the revivication in 1990.
Therefore this bottle is supposed to be an example from the good "Olden Days", let's see if it lives up to the expectations...

Linkwood2Description: golden hay in colour, with nice long legs and bottled at 54.4% ABV.

Nose: notes of hay at first glance, some sunflower oil, a touch of butter and pineapple juice. The nose dulls down to more grassy, dusty and less fruity notes of dark chocolate, orange peel and leather
(with water added: the first fruitier nose makes a successful reappearance and some lighter vanilla notes emerge as well)

Mouth: a light and dry body with an unexpectedly fierce alcoholic attack on the palate, laying waste to all other flavours. Rough grind dark pepper, like someone holding a pepper grinder over your tongue.
(with water added: saltier on the palate but even dry and more floral in style)

Finish: Finish: medium long and drying (up to the point that you actually would like a glass of water, to clean your dry throat) with sharp peppery notes and soft tangerine.
(with water added: the sharp peppery notes stay, but the tangerine is enhanced)

 

The Verdict: a dry austere style of which I can't say I'm overly fond. I hate it when I have to give a mediocre score to a dram that is obviously well fabricated. The nose was beautiful, but the palate was failed to deliver what I was looking for. An 84 for a good nose, but not my type of palate
Score: 84

Nose: 24

Taste: 20
Finish: 21 Balance: 19
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house