Time for one more whisky from Ben Nevis Distillery. Previously I wrote about Ben Nevis 10 YO (read about it here). This time it is a release from the independent bottler Signatory Vintage. Some information from Whiskybase:
Signatory Vintage was founded by Andrew and Brian Symington in 1988. In 1992 the company enlarged and moved from the original location to Edinburgh. A small bottling plant was built there. Signatory established to one of the three biggest independent bottlers of single malt whisky within a few years. Until 1998, Brian Symington was co-owner but left the company then. In July 2002 Signatory Vintage bought Edradour Distillery in the Highlands and – in 2007 – moved their head office from Edinburgh to Pitlochry.
Todays whisky is released as part of Signatory’s Cask Strength series. It was distilled 3 March 1992 and then matured in a first-fill sherry #2301 but until it was bottled 16 February 2007, which makes it 14 YO, at cask strength 55,8 ABV. The outturn was 733 bottles.
A sweetness meets the nose. Overripe bananas. It is dusty and quite light. Citrus, both lemon and lime. Quite salt on the palate at first. Then fruits and spices join in. Dusty and citrusy here as well. The finish is spicy and nutty. Quite dry. Some salt.
My score: nose 19 / taste 23 / finish 22 / balance 21 = 85