A Signatory Un-Chillfiltered bottling of 1997 vintage whisky from Clynelish in the Northern Highlands. A vatting of two hogsheads distilled on 18 April and bottled on 25 June 2014 after 17 years of maturation. 1997 has been a great year for indie bottlings of Clynelish and we're pleased to see another from Signatory.
A 17 year old Glenrothes from Signatory, stylised as Glen Rothes on the label, as usual. This was distilled on 2 June 1997, aged in a single refill sherry butt and bottled as part of Signatory's Un-Chillfiltered Collection on June 26 2014.
Full-bodied, with creamy vanilla notes, this is one of the best blends available anywhere. A testament to the art of the master blender, and fiercely championed by Jim Murray. Whisky Bible Awards 2011: World Whisky of the Year; Whisky Bible Awards 2013: Scotch Whisky of the Year; 97.5 Points IWSC 2012 - Gold Medal - Whisky - Scotch
An entry in the latin(-ish) named range from Benriach, stepping up from their 10 year old Curiositas with a 17 year old version of their peated Speyside dram. They say it harks back to the older peaty styles of Speyside whisky, we just say it's rather tasty.
A slightly mad Murray McDavid creation, taking 1991 Caol Ila whisky matured in Bourbon casks, and finishing it in casks that used to hold Quart-de-Chaume, a sweet white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes from the Loire valley, for a total of 17 years of maturation.
A special edition of Ballantine's 17 year old whisky, created to showcase the character of Scapa, one of the distilleries at the heart of the blend. A much underrated and often forgotten distillery, it's great to see its role being celebrated.
A delicious Highland dram from Old Pulteney, this 17yo is comprised of 90% refill bourbon casks with the remainder being from Oloroso casks. Lovely sweet aromas of butterscotch, honey and chocolate, with some faint salt and oakspice on the palate. World Whiskies Awards 2012 - Best Highland 13 to 20 years
Arran 17 Year Old is the last release in a trilogy counting down to the launch of the 18 year old in 2015. The oldest official bottling from the distillery at the time of release, this was matured exclusively in ex-sherry hogsheads – sweet spice is abundant here.
A hogshead of 1995 Macduff, bottled at full strength at the end of 2012 by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. You don't see a lot of these about, as most of Macduff's spirit goes into owner Dewar's William Lawson blend.
A 1996 vintage sherry-matured Clynelish released by independent bottlers Douglas Laing as part of their Old Particular series. Aged for 17 years in refill butt 10033 before being bottled in October 2013.
A 1995 vintage Benrinnes released by independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask strength collection series in 2013. The distillery is named after the hill which overlooks the distillery, Ben Rinnes, which stands at 840 metres high.
A single cask release of 1995 vintage Clynelish, chosen by us here at TWE and bottled by our friends at Signatory. The distillery has long been a favourite of our team and this cask jumped out as a perfect example of why - fruity and rich with a touch of spice, a great marriage of sherry cask and Clynelish's spirit.
Another fantastic invention from the workbench of Balvenie Malt Master David Stewart - a 17 year old version of the best selling DoubleWood. Still initially matured in 'Whisky Oak' casks before being switched to sherry wood to finish, the extra years give it extra depth without being overpowering.