The Islay representative in the 'Classic Malts' series is a deep, dry and exceptionally peaty bruiser. Probably the most pungent of all Islay malts, Lagavulin is not for the faint-hearted but inspires fanatical devotion in its many followers.
With the smoothness of the 10 year-old allied to extra complexity from more ageing, this is a winner. 'A delicious and sophisticated dram with impressive depth and almost perfect weight.' Jim Murray, Whisky Magazine Dec 2000
Famous Grouse 16 year old is a blend of eight whiskies which are married and finished in a combination of first-fill Spanish sherry oak and first-fill American bourbon casks. A rich and spicy blended whisky.
A single cask whisky from Glentauchers, bottled for the Cask Strength Collection by Signatory. Distilled on February 6th 1996 and bottled exactly 16 years later on February 6th 2012 after maturing in a bourbon barrel.
A Signatory bottling of 16 year old Glenlivet, released as part of the Cask Strength Collection. Distilled on 6 November 1997, matured in a sherry butt and bottled on 1 July 2014, yielding 589 bottles.
A 1997 vintage Benriach bottled as part of the distillery's 11th batch of single cask releases. This was aged for 16 years, including a finishing period in a marsala cask before 412 bottles were yielded in July 2014.
A triple-distilled 1998 vintage Benriach, aged for a total of 16 years, including a finishing period in a Pedro Ximenez sherry cask. This was bottled as part of the distillery's 11th batch of single cask releases in July 2014.
Another outstanding single cask cask-strength Bowmore from Signatory. Just about everything in this 'Cask Strength Collection' series has been very good and several have been exceptional. Distilled on June 13 1997 and aged for 16 years in hogsheads 1916 and 1917, this was bottled on February 19 2014.
A heavily peated whisky from Bunnahabhain, better known for bucking the trend on Islay and producing unpeated spirit. Fortunately they also make a cracking smoky dram, like this one bottled by Signatory at cask strength at 16 years old - distilled on 11 December 1997, matured in a hogshead and bottled on 2 July 2014.