Ahh… Caol Ila. The sweet peat and bracing smoky quality remind us of the rocky shores of Islay and make this one of our favorite distilleries in all of the world. Anytime we’re looking for private selections we are drawn to these ethereal malts. With their estery beauty, there’s no shortage of character to behold. We selected this cask because of waves of sea salt, smoke, and brine that meld wonderfully with sweet dates, freshly malted barley all in a dram with a mouthfeel that is as plush as Merino wool. Grab a few of these before the 230 bottles we squeaked out of this cask are gone!
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!