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An Independent Approach: Spotlight On Signatory Vintage

An Independent Approach

19.04.2020

A spotlight on one of Scotland's most prolific independent bottlers of single malt whisky, Signatory Vintage.

Signatory Vintage Whisky Collection

A spotlight on one of Scotland's most prolific independent bottlers of single malt whisky, Signatory Vintage.

A spotlight on one of Scotland's most prolific independent bottlers of single malt whisky, Signatory Vintage.

Signatory Vintage might not be the oldest independent bottler in Scotland and yet they have managed to build a reputation as one of the most prolific independent bottlers of single malt whisky in the world. 

The company was founded by Andrew Symington in 1988. Prior to this Andrew had been employed as manager at Prestonfield House Hotel, a notable five-star hotel in Edinburgh. It was during his time here that he discovered the joys of single cask single malt whisky, meeting a number of people involved in the whisky world, most commonly whisky importers who would attend gala evenings and such at the hotel whilst bringing along samples of old malts that Andrew had the privilege to sample. Andrew's knowledge of the flavour profiles of wine, gained through his experience at the hotel, stood him in good stead as he applied this understanding to the new and diverse flavours offered by the whiskies he was tasting. 

After a number of years exploring single malts, Andrew had an idea that he wanted to bottle single malt whisky at cask-strength. One evening he acquired a number of samples from Peter Russell (of Peter J. Russell Co. in Edinburgh, the predecessor of Ian Macleod Distillers) and was particularly charmed by a Glenlivet distilled in 1968. This became the first cask that Andrew bought and the very start of his independent bottling journey. Today, Signatory Vintage have access to approximately 35,000 casks. 

When Andrew started the company in the late 1980s, there were very few other independent bottlers within the industry and this afforded access to some truly amazing casks from the 1950s - 1970s, a legendary period in Scotch Whisky production. Signatory Vintage were also the first to bottle a number of expressions from lost distilleries such as Killyloch and Glenflagler as single malts which previously had not been available on the market. Their role in preserving the liquid from these closed distilleries is significant, offering whisky lovers the chance to sample a piece of whisky history otherwise lost to time. 

Today, Signatory Vintage are renowned as one of the most discerning independent bottlers of rare and exclusive Scotch. They bottle one cask at a time, capitalising on the unique colour and flavour characteristics of each individual cask. Their emblematic single malts are recognised worldwide for their exceptional quality and character.  

As of 2002, the Signatory Vintage Whisky Company also became the owners of Edradour Distillery. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SIGNATORY VINTAGE IN THE PERFECT COLLECTION: PART TWO

Below are just a few of the standout bottles from Mr. Gooding's collection selected and bottled under Signatory Vintage:

Exceptional Ardbegs from 1967 - The Perfect Collection features some wonderful 30 Year Old examples matured in sherry butts #1142 and #1141 and Dark Oloroso Butt #578, along with a 29 and 28 year old matured in Pale Oloroso Butt #576 and  #575 respectively.

Legendary Laphroaigs from the 1960s - The 1960s are considered to be a golden era of production at Laphroaig, and many of these vintages are regarded as classics.

Sought-after Silent Stills - Mr. Gooding had a passion for collecting single malts from Scotland's lost distilleries and amassed a fantastic selection of Silent Stills which are ultra-collectible and increasingly very rare. Highlights include expressions from Glenugie, Glenglassaugh, Lochside and Dallas Dhu.

 

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