The independent bottler Signatory Vintage was founded in 1988 by Andrew Symington and his brother. At the beginning Symington wanted to get the signature of a celebrity on each bottle, hence the name Signatory Vintage. The first cask Signatory bottled was a Glenlivet from 1968. But before any celebrity was found, the bottles had long been sold on the market. Only the company name now reminds of the idea of the signed bottles.
Until 1992 the company had its seat in Leith, a Scottish harbour town near Edinburgh. After the company had expanded hugely and therefore needed a better connection to the infrastructure, they moved to Edinburgh. In the new company buildings Signatory began to bottle whiskies by themselves, for which a semi-automatic bottling plant was built.
In 1997 Andrew Symington paid off his brother and since then has been managing the company on his own.
In 2002 Symington bought the Highland distillery Edradour and moved the company seat to the Edradour premises. However, Signatory doesn't store its whisky at Edradour but has rented several warehouses at different places.
The bottlings of Signatory Vintage are always naturally coloured.
The beginners' series of Signatory is bottled at 43% abv, an agreeable drinking strength that makes these single malts easily accessible for newbies.
The malts from the Un-Chillflitered Collection are unchillfiltered and therefore always bottled at 46% abv.
Only single cask, cask strength whiskies are bottled for this series. These special malts are filled in heavy decanters and are distributed in black, elliptic metal tubes.