The Schtick: This is an independent bottling of spirit distilled at Linkwood by Signatory Vintage. It was selected as a single cask by Bounty Hunter Wines in Napa, California. This matured for 19 years in a hogshead, and is bottled at cask strength with no coloring or filtering.
Bottler: Signatory Vintage
Selection: Bounty Hunter
ABV: 56.5% ABV
Age: 19 Years
Nose: Honey, sweet cream, fresh baked bread. Lemon and lime. Light minerality. Sweet, fainy syrupy jam. Raspberry, orange peel, faint plum. Light salinity.
Taste: Thick mouth feel. Rich syrupy fruits. Honey, pear, apple, raspberry. Some fig and cherry. Toffee, leather and faint pipe tobacco. Some light salinity. Rich and sweet with lots of sherry character. Minor heat, if any.
Finish: Long, rich and sweet. Some sulfur, some bitterness. Good oak structure, lots of honey, fresh baked bread and pear and blackberry sherry notes. Little more dry and astringent here.
Overall: Overall, a great look at an uncommon distillery. The sherry touches are really enjoyable but the growing sufur presence over the dram is a bit of a downer. That said, still a big fan.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect