It’s always a treat to taste a whisky from a closed distillery. Imperial distillery was closed down at 1998, mothballed in 2013 and a new distillery, Dalmunach Distillery, was setup on the same ground by Chivas Bros.
1995 Is a very popular vintage with independent bottlers for Imperial whiskies. I had a few of those in the past although most were just meh so this Signatory bottling for The Whisky Exchange has piqued my interest.
Imperial 1995 20 Year Old Signatory Vintage for TWE (50.8%, Cask #50252, £69.95)
Nose: Fruit and herbals, eucalyptus, mint, nuts, flower petals (of light colors), floral meadow on a spring day, oranges, peaches after a while with more flower petals. With water it’s lighter and sweeter with added fragrance. Real nice! Continue reading
Blair Athol distillery is a distillery which most whisky drinkers never heard of. It’s acting as a workhorse for Diageo, producing 2,500,000 liter of alchol a year with most of its’ output going into blends (and a very minor portion goes towards the Blair Athol 12 in the Flora and Fauna series).
But a few years a go a big batch of 1988 vintage casks found itself in independent bottlers hands with Signatory leading the way here and one of those Signatory casks popped up lately as an exclusive release for The Whisky Exchange. Let’s check it out!
Blair Athol 1988 27 Year Old Signatory Vintage for TWE (55.7%, £120 ,Cask #6845)
Nose: Sherried and a bit dirty nose with struck matches, weak sulphur, sour berries, cinnamon and nutmeg, espresso, dark chocolate and wax. After a while more coffee and dark chocolate shows up and it becomes less sulphury. With water it’s fruitier with cherries and raspberries, some malt and chocolate with lower percentage of cacao. Continue reading
Going back to Scotland after a short detour to SA, let’s check another one from the latest batch of The Whisky Exchange exclusives, a peated young Caol Ila.
It’s a 2007 vintage that was bottled in May 2016 making it a 8 Year Old whisky. 320 bottles were bottled from this 200L barrel thanks to a non cask strength ABV of 46%.
Caol Ila 2007 8 Year Old Signatory Vintage for TWE (46%, £55.95, Cask #315325)
Yes, I know it’s been a while since my last post and it’s even a longer period since my last review. As this blog is just a hobby I try maintain alongside with family and work, sometimes they take precedence over it causing some periods of hibernation. But I hope to resume regular reviewing and posting on the blog from now on, at least until the next work related crisis 🙂
Few weeks ago I got a few samples from The Whisky Exchange. To be exact there were four samples of new whiskies bottled exclusively for the Whisky Exchange by Signatory. The one that I was really keen to taste was the sherried Mortlach 18 because I love sherried Mortlachs since I tasted the Flora and Fauna Mortlach 16 and indie sherried Mortlachs are practically nonexistent in the last few years since the official Mortlach line up was launched.
And even this sherried Mortlach didn’t spend its entire life in a sherry butt. It started in Hogsheads (bourbon I supposed) and then it spent 54 months (4.5 years if you really want to calculate) in a sherry cask, yielding 681 bottles at 55.8%.
1998 18 Year Old Signatory Vintage for TWE (55.8%, £120, Cask #5)
Nose: I thought (and hoped) it will be a classic meaty Mortlach nose but it’s not. Not that it’s a bad nose mind you. There are raisins and sweet dried red berries on the top with some cloves and cinnamon, overall feels a bit jammy. One time Lemon pie note, big brown sugar sweetness, A bit floral and polished furniture library. After a while finally some stronger meaty notes shows up here and there. Continue reading
Let gives Islay a couple of days to recover from Feis Ile 2014 so we’ll put our sights on another region and distillery which have been a lot in the headlines this year – Mortlach.
Unless you lived under a rock in the last year or just didn’t followed whisky news, you’ve missed a lot of action here when Diageo expanded the distillery (doubled the capacity) and are releasing a set of 4 official bottlings with a new and very expensive price tags.
Since Mortlach are back in focus and due to the fact not many official bottlings exists (except the F&F Mortlach 16), we do get to taste indie bottlings, just like this one – a 1995 vintage, distilled on July 5th, aged for 17 years in two hogsheads and bottled on April 2013 for Signatory.
Signatory Mortlach 17 YO (The Un-Chillfiltered Collection) (46%, 723 bottles)