If you've had the pleasure of tasting a Linkwood bottling, either from the distillery or an independent bottler, you know you're in for a treat. If you haven't, get ready for a transformative Scotch experience! Rosewater and sweet malt aromas arrive in waves. The palate reminds us of oatcakes and spice with just a hint of tree fruit. A long, marmalade-rich finish really highlights the beauty of this dram front-to-back. A whisky that will break a monk’s vow of silence, from a cask that only yielded a paltry 256 bottles, you know what to do!
Looking for value in the world of single malt whisky? We immediately turn to Independent Bottlers, of which Signatory is among the top echelon. Proprietor Andrew Symington has embarked on an endless quest for über-rare, single malt Scotch. (It’s a quest we relate to.) Symington christened it “Signatory” because he wanted someone famous to sign their single cask bottlings. When their first cask (’68 Glenlivet) was ready, they still hadn’t found their signer and just moved forward. It turns out their offerings need no endorsement; they speak well enough for themselves. We had the opportunity to visit back in March, tour the distillery, and walk among the casks, hand-selecting those we wanted to taste. We seemed to be drawn to 20+ year Speyside distilleries. At least that is what we wound up finding that really blew our hair back. These selections are among the best we’ve come across this year and we trust you’ll give them a good home!