Imperial 20 (K&L Signatory Vintage 1995/2016 Cask #50267) Review

This is a 20 year Imperial bottled by Signatory Vintage as part of K&L’s recent selection. It was matured in an ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled at 49.1% ABV.

Nose: Fudge with orange peel, grassy malt with a bit of a salty, playdough like quality. Floral notes in the background with ripe bananas and cumin.

Palate: Sweet on entry before turning oak heavy and bitter – has a great viscous mouthfeel. Funky malt with underlying citrus and floral notes.

Finish: Sour malt with hay and bitter cocoa.

Rating: 82/100 – In my opinion, this is the best of the four recent K&L selections (other three being Glenburgie 21, Linkwood 19, and Dufftown 18). It’s a classic, funky Imperial with some interesting notes, but it doesn’t fully gel together at times.

Value for the money: This was the most expensive of K&Ls recent selections at $120, and I’d pass at that price. I’d peg this closer to $80 or so personally.

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