Scotch Review: Linkwood 1997 20 Year — Cadenhead’s Small Batch

1 min readJul 6, 2020


This Linkwood is a vatting of 2 ex-Bourbon hogsheads, distilled 1997 and bottled in 2018 for a run of 498 bottles.

The bottle tasting notes are:

Nose: Lemon curd followed by strawberry jam and apple pie.
Palate: black peppercorn, cinnamon sticks, and butterscotch
Finish: More cinnamon with coriander and toasted white bread
  • Color: old gold (0.6)
  • Nose: sharp lemonade, grape must, gunpowder, limberger
  • Taste: danish biscuits, burnt sugar, berries, oak
  • Finish: medium, cherries

This is pleasant, uncomplicated slightly-oaked Linkwood which at this price point is compelling. Pretty much the classic bourbon barrel experience.

Rating: 85/100




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