Tasting Notes for Bunnahabhain Staoisha (2013 - 8 year old) Signatory Vintage
Nose: Fresh grass, smoky, with medicinal oily notes.
Palate: Elegant, the palate reveals botanicals and citrus fruit along with an overly smoky character.
Finish: Long and dry with maritime and salted notes.
From 1963 to 1997, the Bunnahabhain distillery produced an unpeated single malt. Since then, it has developed a reputation for fantastic peated single malts, as evidenced by this Staoisha 2013 version, a worthy representative of the Islay whiskeys famous for their heavily peated profiles. By turns soft, camphorous, vegetal, medicinal, oily, chocolatey, iodized, smoky, ashy, gamey and even fruity, peat is omnipresent.
Much like The Un-Chillfiltered Collection, whiskeys in the Very Cloudy range are bottled from small batches of two to five barrels. Reduced to 40% without cold filtration or coloring, they have a rich, very aromatic profile and have a slightly cloudy appearance.
Signatory was founded in 1988 by Andrew and Brian Symington and is best known for their Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky independent bottlings including their Cask Strength and Un-Chill Filtered collections. The name ‘Signatory’ was derived from the initial intention to find a person of suitable standing to sign the labels for bottles drawn from a single cask. The first cask bottled was a 1968 Glenlivet which quickly sold, though long before any suitable signee could be found. With the initial plan to have all their bottles signed by the great and the good long since abandoned, Signatory went on to become one of the largest and most respected independent whisky bottlers.
Signatory currently bottle at four strengths: 40% Very Cloudy, 43%, 46% Un-chill filtered (UCF) and Cask Strength. To add proof of authenticity to their cask strength bottlings, Signatory always include the cask numbers, date of distillation, date of bottling and number of bottles produced. Signatory Vintage’s aim is to offer as wide a range of whiskies as possible, some of which are not even bottled by the proprietary distillery. This allows malt enthusiast to sample the huge variety of subtle differences which occur between casks.
Producer Bunnahabhain Distillery for Signatory Vintage Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky Age 8 Years Volume 70CL ABV 40%