A remarkably bright malt, this Glen Elgin pick is wonderfully complex. It opens with notes of white chocolate and caramel and there’s a hint of charred oak smokiness that develops as it rests. This leads to a glistening palate of sea-salted fudge, plantain and an accenting character of raisins. A touch of baking spice holds the finish. This private selection is a song at under $115, and the cask yielded a scant 240 bottles. We’re excited to add this to your whisky stable!
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!