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Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010


Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:22 am

Welcome to the Signatory Whisky Live Tasting


The Whiskies:

Any of the various bottlings produced by Signatory.


Start Time

Start time - 7:00pm PDT Friday September 17th and running through the Sunday.

About...
For those of you who do not know what these are about, they run for generally 12+ hours and we all sit down (at various times) to taste a range of whiskies and share our notes and comments on the forum. Have a look in the Live Tasting Forum for past events.

They are a great way to meet people on the forum, chat about your experiences and learn something new about the whiskies you have, and we all end up having a good time.

Please feel free to join in and post any comments or tasting notes you have. Tasting notes can be added using the Tasting Note tab on the postings page. (Note, the Age field on the tasting must be a number such as 7,9,10,18)
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:49 am

Good evening!

S'tan checking in for the tasting.... Unbelievable! I have no Sig's open at this time.... Oh, wait! I might have a couple of samples... brb...

Found some unchillfiltered Sigs, three 50 ml mini's to be precise...

Slainte!
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:55 am

Tuning up for the tasting with a wee dram of Finlaggan NAS, L 31.07.08. Very Caol Ila-ish. Quite tasty...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:07 am

Hey S'tan,

I am cooking up dinner right now... but will be sampling in a little bit...

I have a pile of open Sigs have to put them in order...

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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:11 am

Good evening, Mikey. Sounds like you're thirsty tonight... :thumbsup:
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:12 am

Ganga checking in. Little after 7 now. I've got six to take out for a spin.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:12 am

Good evening, Ganga. I know that you're thirsty tonight.... :P
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:17 am

Where to start, where to start? I guess the undeclared ones. Sig Highland 7 and 8 and Mull 7.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:20 am

I have the Sig Campbeltown 8 yr here. Forgot that I had it... Will pour after I finish off this Finlaggan...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:31 am

hey ganga and pkt... Just about ready...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:31 am

Sean, looks like a great lineup. We're going to cover some distilleries tonight. S'tan, do you still have any of the Glen Ord?
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:33 am

Ganga.... alas, it is gone... :cry:
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:34 am

Hmm, I guess the form for tasting notes has been disconnected. Oh well, back to the standard means of posting then.

Highland 8, 40%

Glass: brandy
Color: medium straw
Nose: straw with a dusting of grist, higher up in the glass it becomes more like a glazed bread, tangerines, green strawberries
Palate: oranges on the dry side, bitter, oaky, light touch of spices
Finish: moderately short with an oaky astringency
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:39 am

The Campbeltown 8 is a very nice Glen Scotia with a bit more oiliness and body than the OB equivalent. Same sea air type profile with the subtle saltiness coming across.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:40 am

Are you sure? :P Maybe I just want to keep 'em guessing.

I do have to say that the Highland 8 has mellowed. This one used to be aggresively astringent and bitter.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:42 am

Ganga wrote:Are you sure? :P Maybe I just want to keep 'em guessing.


mystery dramming...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:42 am

For contrast, I'm pouring the Whitfield's Campbeltown Malt .......
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:49 am

This seems to be a vatting of Springer and Glen Scotia...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:51 am

Excellent descriptive notes, Sean...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:52 am

Highland 7 40%

Glass: brandy
Color:antique gold
Nose: lemon cake, oak shavings, cinnamon powder
Palate: lemons, waxy, basil, dried oranges
Finish: short, dried oranges
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:53 am

S_tan_De_mon wrote:This seems to be a vatting of Springer and Glen Scotia...


What's the identifying factor S'tan?

And yes, very interesting notes Sean.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:00 am

The sea air notes that I pick up in the Glen Scotia overlaying the smokey, spicy notes that I find which are noteworthy in the brown label 15 yr old Springer...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:02 am

First up is an older one:

Tamnavulin 24yo 1978 ( 55.1%, Signatory, 11.3.78-1.31.03 cask 8066 119/252,)

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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:05 am

Nice one, Mikey. Tamnavulin really tends to come into its own when it reaches that age range. Haven't had the opportunity to try it....
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:06 am

For those interested, we have a chat going on simultaneously at SOI.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:07 am

Good evening, Whitevector...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:10 am

Here but for a moment and then gone....
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:12 am

Mull 7, 40% (Tobermory/Ledaig)

Glass: brandy
Color: orangy gold
Nose: bitter cocoa and mint chocolate, grist, dried mushrooms (shitake?), underripe Valencia oranges
Palate: sour, musty grain, slight mint characteristic, sea air, lemonade
Finish: moderately long with a lingering offshore breeze
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:26 am

Tamnavulin 24yo 1978 ( 55.1%, Signatory, 11.3.78-1.31.03 cask 8066 119/252)

This was one of the D&M bottles I use to get as a part of their whisky club... All my tasting will be with a standard glencairn glass.

The color is very light - must be a bourbon cask not much darker than the pale yellow label on the Sig bottle itself. On first nosing, there are several things that dance out of the glass right away. A touch of lemon citrus, very light vanilla, cinnamon spice with some white pepper as well. A little more time nosing there is a sweetness that comes out almost like a simple syrup. Right off the bat the first taste livens up the palate. Plantains and a rich spiciness. It is interesting on the second tasting - it is kind of like a stew, rich-spicy-with almost a gravy with it all. The citrus and the cinnamon comes back on the finish which is not long, but a good medium to stretch from one sip to the next... A touch of water opens up each flavor a bit, but you could taste that is was a little watered down even though it was probably only taken to 52%...

I enjoy this dram... It is not one that I would turn to every time, but it takes you on a nice journey...

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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:31 am

Just saw a note from Ed Kohl. He's waiting for the administrators to approve his registration. It doesn't appear that he'll be able to join the chat tonight.... sad...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:32 am

Another old one to follow:

Clynelish 29yo 1974 ( 55.6%, Signatory, 2.18.74-8.1.03 cask 2571)

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let's have a bit...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:33 am

Sorry to hear S'tan
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:35 am

Is there maybe a way we can leave some questions for him to respond to once he's approved? If he gets admin approval, maybe we can invite him in for tomorrow evening. He should also be able to view the thread.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:36 am

That looks like a great Clynelish, Mikey. Just poured a dram of Isle of Skye 8 yr as a change of pace...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:38 am

Hey, an identified whisky. :D

Scapa 9, 43%
D: 17.9.90
B: 29.5.00
Cask 3999
Bottle 66/332

Color: bright gold
Nose: herbal, iodine/seaweed, briney, green bananas (not plantains), apples, butter?, oh and now some glazed bread
Palate: strong herbal tea, banana cream pie, green apples
Finish: long but mild, herbal like rosemary with some apple pie
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