Signatory came up with an excellent game plan: find the best
single cask whiskies in Scotland,
and package them beautifully. Unsurprisingly, they’ve been very successful.
The range is staggeringly large, with an enormous breadth of
whiskies from all sorts of Scotch distilleries; some silent, many still up and
running, some grain whiskies and some from the most legendary distilleries in
There are several different Signatory lines, but the jewel
in the crown is the Cask Strength Collection. The range consists of natural
cask strength whiskies, almost all of which are from single casks. Every time
we’ve tried anything from the range we’ve been consistently delighted, so
imagine our joy when a set of 5 samples arrived through the letter box!
By the way, the only small grievance we had with the Cask
Strength Collection was the colour of the tins (we weren’t so keen on the dull
grey colour), so we were thrilled when we saw the new releases, which are stunningly
presented in matt black oval tubes, with bronze detailing – very handsome!
Dufftown 25 Year Old 1984 57.5% Signatory
Nose: Heady aromas of malt and honeycomb. It’s slightly
citrussy too, with a hint of balsamic vinegar.
Palate: A big, tangy palate entry, almost salty at first.
This is very fruity, and very malty. Then it creeps in – a hit of creaking dry
Finish: That oak builds and builds into a crescendo of
sublime tannins and spice.
Comment: Enormous stuff!
Glen Mhor 27 Year Old 1982 55% Signatory
Nose: In a similar sort of vein to the Dufftown, but with a
slight chemical taste – perhaps acetone, or another sort of industrial cleanser
(not unpleasant here, though) and then more than a hint of pine.
Palate: Sweet flavours, and then something curious – it
tastes almost like the scent of bluebells. Then malt, and tangy lemon pith.
Finish: Some oak (as the Dufftown), but the tannins cling
more to the lemon pith bitterness, than to oak, a hint of black olive too.
Glenlossie 24 Year Old 1984 59.1% Signatory
Nose: Caramel and cinder toffee, right off the bat. Then
other notes develop, like pine, red berries and a wine-like note.
Palate: Sweet palate entry and mouthfeel, with more of those
red berries. Very thick, and sherried but without a hint of sulphur. A floral,
fruity wine note, Fleurie perhaps?
Finish: Spicy and tannic, becomes dry with berry fruits.
Glenugie 31 Year Old 1977 58.1% Signatory
Nose: The initial aroma is exactly like the wood they make
ice cream sticks out of, remarkable! Then flapjacks, and lots of them.
Palate: Hoisin sauce, just Hoisin sauce. Very interesting.
Finish: It continues on Hoisin, also tangy, and full.
Comment: A fascinating dram, incredible character.
Port Ellen 27 Year Old 1983 55.7% Signatory
Nose: Lemon and buttery shortbread, quite coastal too.
Surprisingly there’s only a hint of smoke.
Palate: Dry slabs of lemony peat, sweetens up after a time.
Long: Tangy, classic Port Ellen
Comment: Just tastes like classic Port Ellen, not much else
–however, it just so happens that Port Ellen is one of the most delicious
flavours in the world!
- The Chaps at Master of Malt -