North British 18 1979 Signatory Vintage [Feather’s Flight Review Set #5]

North British 18 year Signatory Vintage 1979 1

Hi all, it’s that time again…. where I go the Feather’s Pub[1] in Toronto, have a great time, review whisky that is purchased for me (or by me) and I do a set of more reviews than I should for my health. Food is always great, local, well priced, great service, and fun times. Jim McEwan is showing up Tuesday, go out and have a great time.

This Dram series is brought to you by my parents, who also brought you me, various other great achievements, including building a 3 car garage, raising me not to be a sociopath, helping me through University, being Scout and Community leaders, knowing piano, finishing university, planting trees, singing in various choirs, and much, much more.

SegwaySeque: When I first tried a Single Grain whisky, I had no idea that was a thing. At all. So I posted a review, went through everything, talked about it, commented on it, all without knowing that Single Grain whiskies are different.

People tried to hint to me about it, yet I was sternly ignorant. Eventually someone outright told me, and I felt a little sheepish. Okay, a lot sheepish. So Sheepish I was afraid of various Ethnic stereotypes humping me.

The second time I tried a Single Grain whisky, I didn’t even know I was drinking one. You see, originally my plan was to have a dram of Macallan 15 year Fine Oak, as I have the 17 year and 18 year sitting at home, taunting me. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on taste), they were out of that dram.

Enter my wife, who get’s to pick a random dram from the Lowland, Highland, or Speyside regions. She finds a fun one, and picks North British 18 year Signatory Vintage 1979. In case you don’t recognize them, this is a joint venture company between Diageo plc and Edrington Group… which sounds like they are Bond villains.

None the less, originally established in 1885, North British is typically used in blends such as The Famous Grouse, J&B Rare, Cutty Sark, and many others that will help bring your review average down.

Let’s see why the heck I’m drinking this.

North British 18 year Signatory Vintage 1979 2

Price: N/A in Ontario

Region: Lowland

Distilled: 1979

Bottled: 1997

Casks: Sherry

Abv: 43%

Colour: Burnt orange

Nose: Grain, burn, cardamon, floral, lemon, caramel, flower, faint vanilla bean

At first this is very grainy, but that soon goes away and you have a nice, sweeter than normal Lowland style nose. More spice and sweetness than typical Lowland malts.

Nothing too crazy either, which after the fact, I was surprised about. From last time I had a Single Grain malt, I expect them all to be wonky.

Taste: Caramel, floral, faint citrus, peanut, melon rind

And then the flavour hits, and you know it’s a Lowland, but not a typical Lowland. Like, different, man, but the same.

Great, I’ll have to go over to /r/trees[2] and start doing reviews if I keep that up.

Seriously though, there’s a nice amount of flavours to make it good to sip on.

Finish: Burn, lime, pepper, light smoke, dry, anise, vanilla

The sherry influence is most present in finish, with the spice and tiny bits of smoke and sweetness stepping up.

Listen to me, being all high end and shit, making up for my dopey comment.

Conclusion: It’s an older whisky that has younger tastes, that is a Lowland that has more than just fruit and floral notes, that is sherried yet has no bombastic red fruit flavour.

If you’re not confused, then you’re better at this than me. This is unique, somewhat simple, and fun to drink.


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