Archive For The “Signatory Vintage” Category

Mortlach 18, Signatory Vintage 1998 The Whisky Exchange Exclusive (55.8%)

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Mortlach 18, Signatory Vintage 1998 The Whisky Exchange Exclusive (55.8%)

I saved the best of the quartet of TWE exclusives for last, and after my Baltic vacation and the crazy two weeks I had at work following my two week absence, I’m back to tasting whisky.   This is a cask strength Signatory Vintage Mortlach, that unlike the vast majority of Mortlach expressions I’ve had,…

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Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask 50252 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (50.8%)

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Imperial 20 Year Old 1995 Cask 50252 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (50.8%)

I’m back from the longest vacation I took since starting the blog, visiting seven different countries and meeting up with quite a few members of the whisky fabric on both ends of the trip – in Copenhagen and in Vienna. It was great meeting you guys, and I look forward to meeting many more members of…

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Blair Athol 27 Year Old 1988 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (55.7%)

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Blair Athol 27 Year Old 1988 – Signatory Vintage TWE Exclusive (55.7%)

Blair Athol distillery is a picturesque Eastern Highlands distillery which serves as Diageo’s spiritual home for Bell’s blended whisky. As such the distillery has a very active visitors center and even has a couple expressions available for purchase only at the distillery shop. The distillery is very clear on its wood policy: stock for Bell’s…

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Glen Keith 1992, 22 Year Old – Signatory Vintage (54.9%) – Whisky Review

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Glen Keith 1992, 22 Year Old – Signatory Vintage (54.9%) – Whisky Review

Sam Bronfman of Seagram’s wanted a light blend badly. He saw how successful J&B and Cutty Sark were in the US market, and wanted a piece of the action. As a premium blend, Chivas Regal was too highly positioned in the market, and Strathisla, the Chivas main distillery, has too strong a character for making a…

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Kicking off 2016 in Ayrshire – Tasting the Rarest Distilleries

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Kicking off 2016 in Ayrshire – Tasting the Rarest Distilleries

I chose not to do a recap on 2015. Choosing my top ten drams wouldn’t do justice to the other fabulous whiskies I tasted, and wouldn’t really reflect the whisky year I’ve had. I didn’t recap the year the blog had, but you can see the 10 most popular posts here on the right. I’ll also…

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Celebrating 300 Posts in Style: 1978 Port Ellen

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Celebrating 300 Posts in Style: 1978 Port Ellen

WOW, this 300th post kind of sneaked up on me. In my mind, I was somewhere past 200 posts in this blog, sharing the more interesting parts of my whisky journey. But the 200th post was published on February 14th, 2015 (we tasted the Aultmore 21), and here we are at another milestone. Again, let me…

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 2 – Signatory’s Rare Bowmore

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Best of Independent Bottlers: Part 2 – Signatory’s Rare Bowmore

To the utter delight of the blogger sitting across from me at this tasting, I’m not a Bowmore fan…. But let me back up to the start of this story. The Jewish holidays come out consistently on the same weekend as The Whisky Show in London (yup, ’tis the season…), thus, I’m the only one…

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A Curious Clynelish – to end this Indie Run of Clynelish

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A Curious Clynelish – to end this Indie Run of Clynelish

One of the really fun things about regularly exchanging whisky samples with friends, is the ability to get to some bottlings deep in their collections, those that are no longer available on the market, one-off single casks. In case you snoozed while that very limited supply was sold, it’s gone. A curious Clynelish bottled in…

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Sister Casks are Nice – Triplets are Delightful, Especially when Stumbled Upon

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Sister Casks are Nice – Triplets are Delightful, Especially when Stumbled Upon

What can be more fun than finding a large denomination bill in pants that came out of the wash? Stumbling on a triplet cask of whiskys you tasted bottled by another indie bottler! Geeks record as much information on their whisky as possible. This trait came in handy as I tasted the final indie Laphroaig…

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