Signatory's Classic Single Malts

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Whisky is more popular than ever.  In the United States the surge has been led by ultra-aged Bourbons and the ever-expanding landscape of small, local-production distilleries, but we haven’t forgotten about Scotch.  Single Malt Scotch is made entirely from barley, and distilled in pot stills that produce much less spirit than the industrial stills used to make the majority of the world’s spirits.  The shape of the still, the location of the distillery, and the type of barrel selected are the three factors that influence the taste of the whisky. 

Many of these distilleries are located in Scotland’s rural country sides – from the rolling hills and peaks of the Highlands to the sea-sprayed Islands along Scotland’s coasts.  There are now about 100 active distilleries, but you wouldn’t know it by many bar lists or at retail shelves.  One sees the same dozen or so bottles (all quite good) in almost every place: Macallan, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, etc.  But wouldn’t it be interesting to try some of Scotland’s more esoteric offerings?  Many of these distilleries are fiercely valued for their strong individual character by Scotch blenders.  The fact is that we don’t see many of these smaller producers because they are owned by alcohol/fashion conglomerates such as Pernod-Ricard, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, Diageo, etc.  It’s in their best interest to promote one or two Single Malts in their stable and to use the rest in blended whiskies, which are bigger sellers than the Single Malts.  The chances of Diageo marketing the fantastic, but small, Mortlach, Linkwood, or Glen Elgin distilleries are slim when they already represent Cragganmore, Dalwhinnie, Lagavulin, Oban, Talisker, Caol Ila, and many more in the United States.

Fortunately, there are many independent bottlers who have stepped in to provide us with fantastic whiskies not often seen in the states.  These companies buy barrels from distilleries and brokers that they either age or release immediately.  Sometimes the bottling will be drawn from just a single barrel, with a production of under 500 bottles.   Scotch fans chase down bottles from specific barrels, and collectors compare across many variables.  There are at least a dozen quality independent bottlers these days, but we have had superior experiences with Signatory.  Signatory always bottles single casks, and never adds caramel coloring.  Some of the whiskies are bottled at cask strength, and many are un-filtered.  We love sourcing whiskies from distilleries rarely found in the States, and all of these would make great gifts for the whisky lover who thinks that they’ve tried them all!  JR

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Braeval 1998 (13 years old) Single Malt Scotch Whisky Arrives 12-19

No longer operational, Braeval was a distillery owned by Pernod-Ricard; it was only open from 1973 until 2002.  During its short career, it provided a good portion of backbone to the Chivas Regal blends.  The distillery still stands at 1,100 feet making it one of Scotlands highest.  The malt always has a rich and meaty weight and a wonderful floral lift.  JR

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Craigellachie 1998 (13 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky Spey Signatory Un-Chillfiltered

Craigellachie, meaning rocky hill, is a beautiful old-fashioned Victorian distillery located next to the Macallan in the heart of Speyside.  Measures are taken to maintain the traditional rich flavor of the malt, including using large wooden vessels for the fermentation of the malts.  Like its more famous neighbor, Craigellachie shows lots of exotic, lush fruit and waxy/oily complexity.  Throughout history the whisky was prized for its weight and has recently played a large part in Dewar’s blend.  JR

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Mortlach Signatory 1999 (Aged 13 years) Single Malt Scotch Whisky Hogshead

We think that Mortlach is perhaps Speyside’s most delicious but unknown whisky. The spirit is full of rich peach, apple, and tropical fruit flavors, and a bit of an earthy, rustic quality. Since 1823 the distillery has made whisky, beer, and has even served as a church! It is presently owned by Diageo and is treasured for its part in the Johnnie Walker Red blended scotch. We think that it is a much better as a Single Malt.  JR

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Glen Elgin 1991 (Aged 15 Years) Single Malt Scotch Whisky Signatory Cask Strength

Bottled at cask strength—59.6% alcohol—and non-chil filtered, I think that Glen Elgin is one of our best values on the whisky shelf. The distillery is located in Speyside and is considered to be top class by blenders. Much of its rich creaminess and bright peach flavor may come from the mash’s long and cool fermentation. Presently the operation is owned by Diageo and now available as a Single Malt in the U.K.  JR

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Linkwood Signatory 1995 (Aged 14 Years) Single Malt Scotch Whisky Hogshead Unchillfiltered

Like Glen Elgin, Linkwood is also known for long, traditional fermentations. The malt always has a clean, fresh character with plenty of floral and honey flavors. This is another distillery used mostly as a workhorse by Diageo, but 1-2% of the production sneaks out as a Single Malt—here’s your chance to try it!  JR

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Edradour 10 Year Signatory Highland Single Malt Natural Color Un-Chillfiltered

For many a Scot, Pitlochry evokes memories of childhood Highland holidays. The draw is no less emotive for the whisky aficionado. Visiting Edradour is like stepping back into the golden age of Scotch whisky. More interesting still is a visit to the Signatory warehouse, where a staggering number of innovative single casks, from throughout Scotland, are slowly coming of age.

 

This particular bottling is burnished gold with aromas of vanilla, cinnamon, sage, prunes, graham crackers, and nutmeg. A medium bodied palate offers hints of pineapples, dandelions, and a toasted marshmallow finish. David Salinas

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