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Signatory Aberfeldy 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Less structure than the youthful version from the distillery or the more mature choice, but enjoyable in its own right. As a dessert malt with trifle?
Signatory Ardmore 1990
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 Robust as ever, but much more peatiness than I associate with this distillery. Oaky, too, for a relatively young whisky.
Signatory Bladnoch 1974
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.60% 7 A whole range of aromas and flavours that are hard to pin down. Sent me into a reverie: a long weekend in a big house, with kippers for breakfast, toasted brown bread and good marmalade. The house als...
Signatory Blair Athol 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.00% 8 Has matured superbly. I love the interplay of sweet and fruity, hot and dry. The orange colour distinguishes this from Signatory's earlier bottling.
Signatory Bowmore 1968
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 At first tasting, I was hard-pressed to find any Islay character at all. On a second tasting, the next morning with a fresh palate, I began to find some smokiness. Even then, it seemed to emerge on th...
Signatory Bowmore 1975 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.80% 8 Has mellowed with age. I missed the more assertively maritime characteristics in some younger Bowmores.
Signatory Brora 1981 Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 What a distinctive malt Brora was, and there are some excellent bottlings available.
Signatory Caledonian 1976, 23 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 58.50% 7 Despite their lightness, some grains can stand up to long periods in wood.
Signatory Cambus 1964, 31 Years Old
Single Grain - Scotland - 43.80% 7 A good example of a single grain as a pleasant dram, though that is true of several in this tasting. If someone gave me this whisky in a bar, I would enjoy it, but I have yet to find a single grain th...
Signatory Caol Ila 1981 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 62.50% 7 Quite sharp at the beginning then gradually softening. Fruitier than previous Signatory bottlings. Very sensitive to dilution.
Signatory Caol Ila 1984
Single Malt - Scotland - 40.00% 8 An excellent example of Caol Illa, a highly distinctive malt that is gaining in recognition.
Signatory Caol Ila 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A fine example of Caol Ila – in one of its peatier moods.
Signatory Caol Ila 1989, Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.30% 8 The more typical of the two 1989 versions. For me, classic Caol Ila, with a touch of peat, noses ahead of the fruitier, more sensuous, expression.
Signatory Caol Ila 1991, Port Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 I would like to try this with lamb.
Signatory Caol Ila Vintage 1981
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 7 Significantly drier than the other Caol Ilas sampled.
Signatory Clynelish 1989 South African Sherry Butt
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.70% 7 A very unusual expression of Clynelish.
Signatory Coleburn 1991
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 I'm glad still to be able to taste a whisky from this long-gone distillery, but it's really one for the collectors.
Signatory Cragganmore 1989
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.70% 7 Not very old, but was the cask a little tired?
Signatory Dallas Dhu 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.70% 7 More woody and astringent than earlier bottlings at similar ages.
Signatory Edradour 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.10% 7 Still a hint of the typical creaminess. Although its flavours are on the light side, Edradour is quite rich in body. It stands up well to age, but this is not the best '76 I have tasted.
Signatory Edradour Burgundy Finish
Single Malt - Scotland - 57.00% 6 Not to my taste. Only useful as a weapon in hand-to-hand combat.
Signatory Glen Garioch 14 Years Old
Single Malt - Scotland - 50.00% 7 The cask was too tired to give roundness to that elegantly grassy malt. Alcohol needs to be tamed by water but still…
Signatory Glen Grant 1976
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.20% 8 So like an armagnac. Sherry at its best. At its peak. Why not with foie gras and a fig compote?
Signatory Glendronach 1976 Cask Strength
Single Malt - Scotland - 53.10% 7 An enjoyable malt, but Glendronach is capable of more.
Signatory Glenlossie 1980
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 Delicate, appetising and refreshing, but falls away in the middle.
Signatory Glenturret 1973
Single Malt - Scotland - 55.50% 8 Distillery bottlings of Glenturret from this era tend to be quite sherryish, but this Signatory edition is not. The absence of sherry reveals the use of a truly peaty malt in the 1970s.
Signatory Glenturret 1985
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.40% 7 Original bunch of flavours that Towser and her descendants would have enjoyed.
Signatory Highland Park 1988
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 A lovely whisky. A sweetish bottling. More complex and elegant than the 'official' 12 Years Old, but not quite as expressive as the 18.
Signatory Laphroaig 1988 Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 I enjoyed this very much, but it does not add a great deal to the canon.
Signatory Linlithgow 1975
Single Malt - Scotland - 51.50% 7 Good for its age, but I preferred it two or three years ago.
Signatory Millburn 1983
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 7 Confusing aroma, but otherwise the most enjoyable Millburn I have tasted.
Signatory Mortlach 1989 Unchillfiltered
Single Malt - Scotland - 46.00% 8 The most complex and structured of the Mortlachs in this tasting.
Signatory Port Ellen 1978
Single Malt - Scotland - 59.00% 8 More body and richness than the '79. Still not a great warrior but a hearty fisherman.
Signatory Port Ellen 1978 Port Wood
Single Malt - Scotland - 58.00% 8 Typical fragrant, alert Port Ellen, but the port finish lends more fruit and an amazing orangey-pinkish colour.
Signatory Port Ellen 1979
Single Malt - Scotland - 43.00% 7 A rather pleasant dram but a paler version of Port Ellen.