This is a 24 year Linkwood matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled at 50% ABV.
Nose: A real malt bomb full of loads of yeast and bread dough, a bit of charcoal and camphor oil appear with spiced pears.
Palate: Yeasty still here with the oak becoming bolder – overtones of tart apples and honeysuckle with a hint of lavender.
Finish: Quite dry and bitter as the oak takes over alongside traces of bread dough.
Value for the money: I can’t find any pricing data on this, but I’d be happy to buy a bottle anywhere up to $150 or so (guessing this is closer to $250).
This is a 29 year ex-bourbon cask matured Linkwood that was selected by K&L and bottled in 2015 at 46% ABV.
Nose: Big citrusy malt with an abundance of lilac and heather – very flowery and sweet turning into a bit of honeysuckle after a bit. Some vanilla/honey notes linger in the background.
Palate: Oak dials up in intensity but the powerful lilac/wildflower notes cut through the bitterness introducing some floral/sweet notes. Vanilla and brown sugar help temper some of the oak tannins.
Finish: Peppery with some lemon juice contrasting nicely with the lingering tannins. Flowery malt notes last awhile.
Rating: 88/100 – Quite good with some unique floral notes throughout.
Value for the money: This retailed for $200 at K&L when it was released and I have no qualms at that price.
This is a 19 year Linkwood bottled by Signatory Vintage as part of K&Ls recent Signtaory selections. It was matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled at 56.6% ABV.
Nose: Briny with dry oak (almost a cardboard like quality to the oak), slightly grassy, and otherwise bland. The nose is very muted and “hollow” if that makes sense.
Palate: Very briny again up front with sawdust, some pepper spice, and very little else. Again, very dialed down/bland here. This hogshead must have been on its last legs.
Finish: Beeswax and oak fade quickly.
Rating: 70/100 – It’s not that this is bad, it’s just not good. The notes that are there are ok, but they are so minimal that there’s nothing to get excited about.
Value for the money: This retails for $90 at K&L currently – on the surface it looks to be a good value for a 19 year, but I’m glad I didn’t pick one of these up as I was considering it before this sample. I wouldn’t buy at any price.