There is no question you’ve loved our other Signatory exclusives. So, we are back with two more heavily sherried exclusive scotch whiskies from our friends at Signatory Vintage. And in keeping with our eye catching label theme, we are delighted to release this pair into the group. You may be well aware of our trio of previous releases which have been very well received and highly praised by customers and bloggers. Our two Glenlivet, pink and orange, have both sold out. Our Edradour Ballechin 12 year old is s triumph of peat and sherry. Ying and yang become one. Our two latest releases are unashamedly all about the sherry cask.
Therefore we are thrilled to introduce…
It is worth noting. we don’t just pluck these exclusives out of thin air. With a long standing relationship with the fantastic team up at Edradour Distillery and the Signatory warehouses, we hand select these casks. Exploring the warehouse with the Signatory team and tapping into a selection of casks, selecting them based predominantly on taste. It’s an enviable task tasting each one direct from the cask. Nothing is better than getting to grips with a whisky than in the chilled, dark and musty warehouse it is maturing in. It is a joy. And we know you will enjoy them too.
Edradour – Safety First!
Bright florescent green. You can’t lose this bottle among your collection. Edradour is the home to Signatory Vintage with the company purchasing this tiny little outstandingly picturesque distillery in 2002. Now it has a vast collection of warehouses for both the Distillery spirit and the frankly awe inspiring collection for the Signatory side of the business. With a ‘second’ distillery now operational on site – Edradour 1 and Edradour 2′ as they are known, it is no longer the smallest distillery in Scotland.
The huge sherry butt in which this Edradour whisky was maturing was just too enticing to ignore. First fill sherry butt #46. The bung removed and sample in the glass, the colour was unmissable. Deep rusty tea and hue of sherry red. At 10 years old the sherry cask has had plenty influence. Plums, toffee, walnuts and ripe melon hit the nose. A very engaging dark chocolate toffee, orange zest and Christmas cake are all accompanied by subtle leather and oak. The finish is dry and sweet with lingering oak notes. Plenty to enjoy here!
Auchentoshan – That Name To Try and Pronounce
Say again? If you’re not familiar with this distillery located just outside Glasgow you may need to take a second go at the name. [och-un-tosh-un] with the ‘och’ as you would pronounce Loch Ness. The distillery produces their whisky with a now unusual process of triple distillation – this is designed to create a slightly softer spirit, a classic method for lowland whiskies. It means the spirit doesn’t possess any overbearing or intense flavour. The subtlety of the spirits suits its very well to sherry casks. And this is the same with this single cask release.
This a big sherry dram. Sherrybomb no less. The nose is most definitely led by the cask – speaking fluent sherry. The colour is similar to the Edradour but with a rougher sherry hue. On the palate Sweet sherry, stewed plums, milk chocolate coated raisins, mincemeat, orange zest and marzipan. The mouth is then filled with a full bodied sherry flavour accompanied by apple crumble, figs and tobacco leaves. The finish sees a long, lingering, sweet finish. Delicious.
Two rather exciting and contrasting exclusive scotch whiskies. Certainly ones for the sherry heads.