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Signatory

Signatory

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The company was founded in 1988. It is a family owned and managed company, being one of only three true independent bottlers. They always like to draw a distinction between the independent companies who bottle their own products, and the independent companies whose products are bottled under contract. The other fully independent bottlers are: Gordon & MacPhail and Wm. Cadenhead.
The name of Signatory derived from the fact that their initial intention was to find someone famous to sign the labels for bottles produced from one single cask. The first cask we purchased was a cask of 1968 Glenlivet, which was sold long before we could find a famous person.
Until April 1992, when they moved to their current premises in Newhaven (Edinburgh), they operated from a bonded warehouse in Leith. Leith was once a well known port for importing wine from France. As this industry declined, many of the whisky companies began to occupy the old warehouses for cask storage purposes. In recent years, this has also declined, with the larger companies moving to the west of Edinburgh, where transport links are better.
In April 1992, as the company began to grow, they moved to much larger premises. Here, they were granted a licence to bottle their own products on site. They set-up a small line bottling system, primarily geared towards the bottling of single casks. Although the actual bottling of whisky is semi-automated, the emphasis is very much a hands-on operation, with hand labeling and packing of products. To add to the exclusivity of their bottlings, they often declare the cask number, date of distillation,and date of bottling on our labels. In addition,each bottle is individually hand numbered.
It is their aim, as an independent bottler to offer a range of whiskies, some of which are not bottled by the proprietor of a particular distillery, and some at different ages/strengths to those offered as distillery bottlings. The majority of their bottlings are the product of single casks, with the malt whisky enthusiast being given the opportunity to sample the subtle differences which occur with each different cask.
Signatory owns the smallest distillery from Scotland, Edradour since 22 july 2002

Signatory Whisky Reviews

Cask Strength Collection

  • Allt-A-Bhainne_21YO_1991_Signatory Allt-á-Bhainne 21 Years Old 1991 – Cask Strength Collection ~ 55% (Signatory) - Allt-á-Bhainne 21 Years Old, 1991 – Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) Cask 09114, 55% ABV, £60 for 70cl Score: 72/100 What MoM say: A rich and tasty Speyside whisky from Signatory’s Cask Strength Collection, this was distilled at Allt-á-Bhainne on the 9th July 1991 before a 21 year maturation in a single cask (number 90114). Tasting […]
  • Bunnahabhain 16 Years Old 1997 Heavily Peated #5512 ~ 50.3% (Signatory) - Bunnahabhain 16 Years Old 1997 Heavily Peated #5512 ~ 50.3% (Signatory) 50.3% ABV, £79.95 available from Royal Mile Whiskies Score: 84/100 What they say: Distilled on 11/12/1997 and matured in a single hogshead cask #5512 this produced 285 bottles on outturn on 09/05/2014. Tasting notes from the RMW staff Nose: Heavy and rich with a sensible […]
  • Cambus 21 Years Old 1991 ~ 50.5% (Signatory) - Cambus 21 Years Old 1991 50.5% ABV, £64.95 for 70cl Score: 76/100 What they say: A single grain whisky from Signatory presented at full cask strength. Distilled in July 1991, it was bottled in December 2012 after a 21 year maturation period. Cask No 55886, yielding 468 bottles at 50.5% ABV. What I say: Dram […]
  • Cambus 22 Years Old 1991 ~ 53.8% (Signatory) - Cambus 22 Years Old 1991 Scottish single grain whisky 53.8% ABV, £70.65 for 70cl Score: 77/100 What they say: A rare Cambus single grain Scotch whisky, which has been bottled by Signatory for their Cask Strength Collection. It was distilled in July 1991, 2 years before the distillery was closed, and bottled in October 2013. […]
  • Clynelish-20-years-old-1995-SV Clynelish 20 Years Old 1995 Cask 8636 Cask Strength ~ 53.2% (Signatory) - Whisky Review: Clynelish 20 Years Old 1995 Cask 8636 Cask Strength Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Clynelish Distillery Bottling: Signatory, Cask 8636 ABV: 53.2% Cost: £77.49 What they say: Distilled 26/09/1995 at Clynelish distillery and matured for over 20 years in refill sherry butt #8636 before bottling 16/03/2016, producing 626 bottles at cask […]
  • Glenrothes 1989 Signatory Glenrothes 23 Years Old 1989 Cask 24382 – Cask Strength ~ 53.9% (Signatory Vintage) - Glenrothes 23 Years Old 1989 Cask 24382 – Cask Strength ~ 53.9% (Signatory Vintage) 53.9% ABV, £85 for 70cl Score: Score: 87/100 What they say: A 1989 vintage Glenrothes from independent bottlers Signatory as part of their Cask Strength Collection. Owned by Berry Brothers & Rudd, the Glenrothes brand uses a large amount of sherry barrels […]
  • Imperial 19 Years Old 1995 SignatoryCask 50164 TW Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 cask 50164 ~ 54.6% (Signatory) - Review: Imperial 19 Year Old 1995 (cask 50164) – Cask Strength Collection Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Imperial Distillery (Closed) Bottling: Signatory Cask Strength Collection, Cask 50164 ABV: 54.6% Cost: £81.45 from Master of Malt [sold out] Score: 89/100 What they say: Distilled on 21/08/1995 at the Imperial Distillery in Speyside, this has […]
  • Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) – Cask Strength Collection Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 cask 50154 ~ 51.0% (Signatory) - Review: Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 (cask 50154) – Cask Strength Collection Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Imperial Distillery (Closed) Bottling: Signatory Cask Strength Collection, Cask 50154 ABV: 51.0% Cost: £81.21 from Master of Malt Score: 90/100 What they say: Distilled on 21/08/1995 at Imperial Distillery and matured for over 20 years in Hogshead […]
  • mortlach-20-year-old-1990-cask-6069-cask-strength-collection-signatory-whisky Mortlach 20 Years Old 1990 [Cask 6069] Cask Strength Collection ~ 57.9% (Signatory) - Mortlach 20 Years Old 1990 [Cask 6069] Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) 57.9% ABV, £75 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: This was distilled at Mortlach on the 17th September 1990 and it was aged in refill sherry butt number 6069 for 20 years before bottling on the 18th January 2011. A release of 521 […]
  • Mortlach 21 Years Old 1991 [Cask 12/943] - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) Mortlach 21 Years Old 1991 [Cask 12/943] – Cask Strength Collection ~ 53.8% (Signatory) - Mortlach 21 Years Old 1991 [Cask 12/943] – Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) 53.8% ABV, £75 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: Distilled on 1st October 1991 and bottled on 8th November 2011, this expression from Mortlach Distillery was matured in refill sherry butt #12/943 for 21 years and produced a 315 bottle outturn. Bottled […]
  • Mortlach 23 Years Old 1990 [Cask #6074] – Cask Strength ~ 54.5% (Signatory) - Mortlach 23 Years Old 1990 [Cask #6074] – Cask Strength Single malt scotch whisky 54.5% ABV, £89.95 for 70 cl available from Royal Mile Whiskies Score: 84/100 What they say: Distilled: 17/09/1990 Bottled: 17/02/2014 Age: 23 years Cask Type: Sherry Butt Cask Number: 6074 Limited to 569 bottles What I say: Sampled at the Water […]

Un-chillfiltered Collection

  • edradour-11-year-old-2002-cask-1269-un-chillfiltered-signatory-whisky Edradour 11 Years Old 2002 Cask 1206 Un-Chillfiltered Collection ~ 46% (Signatory) - Whisky Review: Edradour 11 Years Old 2002 Cask 1206 UCF Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Edradour Distillery Bottling: Signatory Vintage; Un-Chillfiltered Collection, Cask #1206 ABV: 46% Cost: £40.33 What they say: Distilled 24.10.2002 at Edradour Distillery and bottled 30.06.2014 after 11 years maturation in Sherry Butt number 1206, producing 932 bottles at outturn diluted to 46% […]
  • Glenlivet 17 Years Old 1996 Cask #165161 ~ 46% (Signatory) - Glenlivet 17 Years Old 1996 Cask #165161 Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £44 for 70cl Score: 89/100 What they say: Distilled 5th November 1996 and matured a full 17 years in a first-fill ex-sherry butt #165161, this was bottled as part of Signatory’s Unchillfiltered range at 46% ABV on the 2nd October 2014 […]
  • ImperialSV1995s Imperial 16 Years Old 1995 (casks 50324+50325) ~ 46% (Signatory Vintage) - Imperial 16 Years Old 1995 (casks 50324+50325) Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £39.95 for 70cl Score: 86/100 What they say: From Signatory’s Un-Chillfiltered range, this Imperial was distilled on the 9th October 1995 and it was aged for 16 years in hogsheads 50324 and 50325 before bottling on the 24th August 2012. A release […]
  • imperial-17-year-old-1995-un-chillfiltered-signatory-whisky Imperial 17 Years Old 1995 -The Un-Chillfiltered Collection ~ 46% (Signatory) - Imperial 17 Years Old 1995 -The Un-Chillfiltered Collection (Signatory) 46% ABV, ~£38.36 for 70cl or £4.09 for 3cl from Drinks by the Dram Score: 84/100 What they (MoM) say: This is an Un-Chillfiltered Imperial from Signatory, distilled in October 1995 and aged for 17 years in a pair of hogsheads. It was bottled in 2012. Tasting […]
  • ImperialSV1995s Imperial 18 Years Old (casks 50288+50289) ~ 46% (Signatory Vintage) - Imperial 18 Years Old (casks 50288+50289) Speyside single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV, £42.52 for 70cl Score: 86/100 What they say: An un-chillfiltered Imperial single malt, bottled by the lovely folks at Signatory. Taken from two hogshead casks filled in September 1995 and emptied in April 2014. 742 bottles of whisky from this closed distillery […]
  • Imperial 18YO 1995 UCF Signatory Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 – Unchillfiltered ~ 46% (Signatory) - Imperial 18 Years Old 1995 – Unchillfiltered 46% ABV, £41.95 for 70cl available from RMW Score: 85/100 What they say: A bit about the bottler Signatory Vintage are an independent bottler founded in 1988 by Andrew and Brian Symington. The name ‘Signatory’ was derived from the initial intention to find a person of suitable standing […]
  • Laphroaig 15 Years Old 1998 UCF ~ 46% (Signatory) - Laphroaig 15 Years Old 1998 Unchillfiltered Islay single malt scotch whisky 46% ABV Score: 85/100 What they say: One for fans of bold, uncompromising and peaty whiskies! Bottled in July 2014 and matured in a refill sherry butt. Limited to 828 bottles. We’ve seen an ever-increasing number of young Islays, but not much (or enough) from […]

Vintage

  • clynelish-14-year-old-1998-casks-2460-and-2461-signatory-whisky Clynelish 14 Years Old 1998 Cask 2460 & 2461 ~ 43% (Signatory) - Review: Clynelish 14 Years Old 1998 casks 2460 & 2461 (Signatory) Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Clynelish Distillery Bottling: Signatory casks 2460 & 2461 ABV: 43% Cost: £35.06 from Master of Malt Score: 86/100 What they say: A Clynelish from two single casks (2460 and 2461) yielding 821 bottles. Distilled 18th February 1998. […]
  • Craigellachie 13 Years Old 1999 ~ 43% (Signatory) - Craigellachie 13 Years Old 1999 Speyside single malt scotch whisky 43% ABV, £36.67 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: Distilled on the 30th August 1999, this is a 13 year old, bourbon barrel-matured Craigellachie. It was bottled for Signatory in September 2012. Nose: Spiced and rich with notes of pear drops and apple peel. […]
  • Dallas_Dhu_22_Years_Old_1982_Signatory Dallas Dhu 22 Years Old 1982 ~ 43% (Signatory) - Review: Dallas Dhu 22 Years Old 1982 Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Dallas Dhu Distillery Bottling: Signatory Cask #407 ABV: 43% Cost: ? What they say: Distilled in 1982 at the now closed Dallas Dhu Distillery in Speyside, this has matured for a full 22 years in hogshead #407 before bottling in 2005 […]
  • glenburgie-17-year-old-1995-casks-6452-and-6453-signatory-whisky Glenburgie 17 Years Old 1995 Cask 6452 & 6453 ~ 43% (Signatory) - Review: Glenburgie 17 Years Old 1995 Cask 6452 & 6453 (Signatory) Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Glenburgie Distillery Bottling: Signatory casks 6452 & 6453 ABV: 43% Cost: £43.51 from Master of Malt [sold out] Score: 87/100 What they say: Glenburgie aged for 17 years by independent bottler Signatory, taken from two hogsheads. What I say: Another Signatory […]
  • Inchmurrin 15 Years Old 1996 – Cask 28 ~ 43% (Signatory) - Inchmurrin 15 Years Old 1996 – Cask 28 Single malt scotch whisky 43% ABV, £36 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: Inchmurrin is the name of one of the various styles of whisky distilled at Loch Lomond. This particular expression was distilled on the 18th November 1996 and was aged in refill butt 21 […]
  • Longmorn 1996, 17 Years Old, Cask No 105095, Signatory Vintage Longmorn 17 Years Old 1996 Cask #105095 ~ 43% (Signatory) - Longmorn 17 Years Old 1996 [Cask #105095] (Signatory Vintage) 43% ABV, £38 for 70cl Score: 83/100 What they say: Distilled at the Speyside Longmorn distillery on 25/06/1996 and matured in 1st Fill Sherry Butt, cask no 105095. Bottled on 05/11/2013, bottle no. 347 of 832 by Signatory Vintgae Scotch Whisky Co. Ltd. Pitlochry. Natural Colour. […]
  • mortlach-14-year-old-1999-casks-7902-and-7903-signatory-whisky Mortlach 14 Years Old 1999 Casks 7902 & 7903 ~ 43% (Signatory) - Mortlach 14 Years Old 1999 Casks 7902 & 7903 Speyside single malt scotch whisky 43% ABV, £35 for 70cl Score: 86/100 What they say: This is a 14 year old expression, distilled by Mortlach in May 1999, matured in two hogshead casks and bottled by Signatory in December 2013 with an outturn of 843 bottles. […]
  • North British 17 Years Old 1997 – Single Grain Collection ~ 43% (Signatory) - North British 17 Years Old 1997 – Single Grain Collection ~ 43% (Signatory) 43% ABV, £28 for 70cl Score: 72/100 What they say: Distilled in 1997 at Lothian Distillers Edinburgh-based North British Distillery and bottled 2014 by Signatory Vintage as part of their Single Grain Collection What I say: Dram #1 from WOLS 14/2 Types […]
  • Water of Life Society Tasting Event #3 Going with the grain - The theme of the 3rd Water of Life Society (WoLS) tasting event, held on the 10th October 2013, was introducing various elements of grain whisky, Coffey or continuous distillation or generally anything else that isn’t typically Scotch single malt whisky. For this event we had decamped to the Teviot dining hall, which was much more […]
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