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Signatory (distilled at Caol Ila) 1984, 54.7%

Price: $258 Issue: Spring 2014 Reviewer: Dave Broom

Clearly Caol Ila; it's the way that the oily smokiness seems to lean into the nose, bearing with it wet oilskins, a barely smoldering wood fire, light seashore elements (drying crab shells), and very pure fruit, which then opens to classic smoked ham aromas. Retronasally, there's a touch of green pea pod. The smokiness is more assertive than normal on the tongue, with olive oil, deep fruits, and a pine-scented juniper note. Another belter. (The Whisky Exchange only) £155