Review #1354 – Brora 19yr Signatory Vintage 1981

The Schtick: This is an independent bottling of spirit distilled at Brora. After maturing in sherry butt #1082 for 19 years, it was bottled by Signatory Vintage at 43% ABV.

Review #1354 | Scotch Review #471

Distiller: Brora

Bottler: Signatory Vintage

Brand: Signatory Vintage

Selection: N/A

ABV: 43% ABV

Age: 19 Years


Nose: Toffee with a lovely floral undertone. Dried plums, almonds, pine and rich vanilla. Nice pepper component, with elegant faint ash.

Taste: Medium mouth feel. No heat, not that much would be expected from this proof. Lots of honey, rich prune, almond and old musty sherry. Nice overall. Lots going on.

Finish: Long, lots of toffee, apple, and light smoke.

Overall: Overall, this is very nice. Despite being kneecapped by a low bottling proof, its not unreasonable to think this may have been close to cask strength at bottling, however doubtful. There is a delightful complexity that only old Clynelish, St Mag, Highland Park, etc have shown me. Great stuff.

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Rank: 8


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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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