Independent bottler Signatory Vintage is fairly prolific - some fifty different bottlings might be available at any one time. The company owns and runs Edradour distillery and, indeed the Signatory bottling and office facilities are all located in a building next to the distillery in the Pitlochry area of the Highlands. Bottling a variety of single malts from across the regions, today we're looking at a well-aged Bruichladdich from Signatory's Cask Strength Collection.
There's been a fair few indie Bruichladdich's about over the last couple of years, and Signatory have released several (seven to be precise) from1990 already - some ex-bourbon, some refill sherry butts, with ages ranging from 23 to 26 years old.
Nose: Warming cotton candy with strong barley undertones. Deep oak coming through with spicing present and a mild polish underlining the age of this dram.
Taste: Rich and somewhat oily but with a taste which heads off towards somewhat unexpected sweet apples and candied orange peel. Very sweetshop indeed. Polish, leather and cured meats. Woody, but not favouring heavy vanilla, rather spicing which is both peppery, but also wonderfully saline with a real salty tang. Surprisingly fresh, especially given the 58% abv.
Finish: Long and drying with a real bite of salt and pepper. Well-seasoned I guess?!
Another solid Signatory bottling. This is sharp, zingy and fresh for its 25 years of age, which is even more impressive when you consider the heavy wood influence which has not brought in either too much vanilla, or too much astringency. This bottling is, I believe, sold out, but you might see it at auction occasionally - or just keep your eyes out for one of the other Signatory 1990 Bruichladdich's - they're all going to be worth your time in their own idiosyncratic ways.