Signatory Vintage Linkwood 11 Year (2008)

Scotch Whisky Review #284: Signatory Vintage Linkwood 11 Year (2008)

Distillery: Linkwood

Bottler: Signatory Vintage

Region: Speyside

Age: 11 year. Distilled on the 4th of April, 2008. Bottled on the 7th of June, 2019.

ABV: 46.00%

Cask Number: 803841

Price: $60.

Color: 0.2, Pale Straw. Non-Chill Filtered and Natural Color.

Nose: (according to the wife) Light and fruity, with some aromatics in the back. Lemon and grapes are the main notes. A bit of mint, eucalyptus, and cardamom also come to play. Hay and malt wrap things up.

Palate: It’s rather sugary, almost sugar water levels of sweetness. You get a slightly savory, sweet icing note that reminds me of shelly senbei. Warm malt along with some grass and hay wrap things up.

Finish: Medium to long in length. There’s a little more shelly senbei and a little bit of citrus.

Conclusion: When I poured this whisky, it was a blazing 105°F (40.5°C) out. I was hoping this would be light enough to be enjoyed in the heat and it turns out it was. The nose is full of fruit and aromatics which make for a calming experience. The palate is sweet with a little bit of savory from the rice crackers which makes for easy drinking. It’s nothing fancy but it is a solid Linkwood.

Final Score: 77.

Scotch Whisky Review #284, Speyside Review #107, Whisky Network Review #427

Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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