Linlithgow 17 1982 Signatory Vintage

Went out back in the before times and decided it was time to have something from my birth year. You know, that fun idea.

So in picking a special dram I have to take some things into consideration: What do I not have on occasion? What can I pair to eventually have as a multi-review?

Well, I have some Linlithgow samples around for a special occasion. I have birth year stuff. And the bar I’m at has Linlithgow 17 1982 Signatory Vintage. I can probably review the others by the time it’s due, right?

Hey, guess what, life went insane even without a global pandemic and I can’t. I can either beat myself up about it or give myself a break. And frankly, I’m gonna give myself a break because I deserve it.

So this is a Lowland that I was saving for samples that are still there, waiting for me. I like Lowlands, I like my birth year, and I like me. So let’s see how this tastes, shall we?

Price: £ 699

Region: Lowland

Vintage: 15.12.1982

Bottled: 23.05.2000

Cask Type: Oak Cask

Cask Number: 2998

Number of bottles: 372

Abv: 43%

Colour: 7.5Y 9/4

Nose: Guava, pastry, violets, cinnamon, pear

A bit light on the nose, really has to push for it. I get the idea of releasing something cask strength versus not, and maybe, just maybe it wasn’t a total smoke show when it was full strength, but this seems like a bit much.

Good butter/tropical notes. Tropical takes the show, though the show is small, like off-off-off Broadway.

Taste: Mango, cloves, grass, pork chop, cotton

Again, tropical, some spice, grass and cotton, and a meatiness is there. But tropical is the main aspect here. Lots of mangoes. Not a lot of floral, as you see from other Lowlands.

Finish: Butter, floral, yellow plum, brine, pear juice

The finish is… I don’t know, the main act? The good show? Hamilton these days? Or have people already moved onto Hades? Or is it the other way around?

I don’t know, I’m not even Avenue Q over here. But the fruit here, with the salt and some of the traditional floral (but just a bit) really shines.

Conclusion: Holy tropical dram Batman! This isn’t going to electrify you, however, if this is one of the whiskies they put out in 2000 at a low abv., then yeah, it’s a pretty impressive distillery that I wish wasn’t currently the home for trendy condos I could never hope to buy (what with being a millennial).

A mixture of spice, some fun notes like the meatiness, and even someplace on the levels of acidity. If it wasn’t all so muted I’d be gushing. Perhaps if I got to my other samples I’d tell you what it should be like, and I’ll regret enjoying this. Perhaps not. For now, I enjoyed this, and hooray another birth year dram.

82/100

Scotch review #1318, Lowland review #49, Whisky Network review #1977

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