Linkwood 1973 – The Whisky Exchange 10th Anniversary

This is another dram from a ‘The Whisky Exchange 10th Anniversary Bottle-Share’ I participated in a long time ago. For some reason I never got around to tasting all samples, or lost my tasting notes. Luckily, I still had some of this whisky left to try again.

Linkwood 1973A full frontal assault on the nose of woody bourbon cask, to the extreme. Apart from that you get a slight rub of alcohol and paintstripper, not uncommon in long bourbon cask maturation. Mint, citrus fruits with quite some spices like nutmeg. I also get sunseed oil, which is a first!

Sharp and sweet. A lot of pepper/sambal in a viscous feel. It feels a bit strange to have that and banana, vanilla, wood and caramel. There’s a lot going on!

The finish is very much ‘old whisky’. Very nice with full and smooth flavours. The oilyness I picked up earlier is here too. There’s a hint of coal smoke here as well. Goody!

This is a difficult whisky. The complexity is incredible but there are some odd flavour combiniations going on that I’ve never encountered before. At first I wasn’t too enthousiastic, but now I’d really love another dram!

Linkwood 1973, 36yo, The Whisky Exchange,  49.7%, sold out

Nose: 9
Taste: 9
Finish: 9
Overal experience: 9
Price/quality: 0

Total: 36 points

5 stars


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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4 Responses to Linkwood 1973 – The Whisky Exchange 10th Anniversary

  1. Tim F says:

    Glad you liked it, Sjoerd – out of all our bottlings, this is one of my favourites.

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