Coleburn 1983 Signatory [Feather’s Flight Review Set #1]


Welcome to Part 3 of my 5 review series of the Feather’s Pub[1] Flight. If you’re new to this, I went out for a buddy’s belated birthday to drink Scotch and alleviate alliteration addiction. Luckily we were able to do one of those things, and we were waxing wearily, so I’m guessing you know which we did. See Part 1 here[2] and Part 2 here[3] and Part 3 here[4] and Part 5 here[5] .

To note, if you have any questions about future parts of the Flight, please use the spoiler tag to not ruin the surprise of the rest of the flights.

The third Scotch tasted was the Coleburn 1983 Signatory. This is an independent bottling by Signatory from the now defunct Coleburn distillery. The Whiskey is 14 years old, making it the youngest of the bunch. This is the first time I’ve tried a Scotch done by Signatory, an independent bottler. Signatory is one of three fully independent bottlers in Scotland, and always ensure there is no colour added and that all bottles are hand-labeled, individually numbered and comes from a single cask of a single vintage to ensure high quality.

That’s about all I know about them (and that’s from a bunch of websites, so for all I know they actually make sausages). This will be fun!

Price: N/A

Region: Speyside

Abv: 43%

Colour: One third apple juice, 2 thirds water

Nose: Ethanol, electricity, violets, Montreal Botanical Gardens in Spring, Terry`s Chocolate Orange, algae, pollen, and dew at the lake in the morning

What? Where am I? What am I drinking? Where are my pants? Who am I? Why is this setting off my brain in every direction at once? Can I only speak in questions now?

All joking aside, what a random smell. At first I’m disappointed, then there’s this ozone, then flowers show up and I’m back growing up in Montreal, looking at flowers as a child for a weekend. Then it’s Christmas and my mother has made orange chocolate chip cookies, and they’re bad tasting, but the smell is amazing…. Then I’m at the lake, early in the morning, watching the fog on the water. This… this is how you do it people.

Taste: Peanut butter, blueberry jam, strawberries, pepper, coconut, cream filling, chocolate, licorice

Wonders never cease. This is very sweet, but it has a childish side. It keeps changing as you drink it, one second having some cream, the next being spicy, and then the next having that deep chocolate flavour. The peanut butter is the first thing you’ll have, but don’t let that buck you off this one.

Finish: Coffee, Alberta beef, Pad Thai, vanilla, tomato, crowberry, beer

The finish evolves out of the taste, going from sweet to a deep, flavourful, rich finish. Again, the flavours keep coming, like a chorus of Can-Can dancers all showing up to kick you in the face and then duck behind the curtain. If I could say anything, the finish is only medium in length, and while it’s amazing, I wish it were longer.

Conclusion: Wow. This is the best Speyside I’ve ever had, if for no other reason than I doubt I’ll ever come across some of these flavours ever again. The nose brought up a lot of memories for me, the taste was fun, and then the finish was quite nice.

If I had to say anything negative, I’d say that I wish the Abv. wasn’t 43%. I feel like I missed a few flavours in the finish because they weren’t quite developed, and since there isn’t any colour added, I can only assume it’s the low Abv. or the young age that caused this. Brilliant Scotch, don’t pass this one up


Scotch review #18, Speyside review #3, Whisky Network review #25

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