Horsemen and Archangels: Two new Signatory series

Petra Milde |

A Caol Ila and a Ben Nevis to start off


The independent bottler Signatory launches two new small-batch series in collaboration with German Kirsch Import. The single malts are dedicated to the four horsemen of the apocalypse and four archangels, thus making biblical reference. Caol Ila 2012/2022 - Horseman No.1 and Ben Nevis 2014/2022 - Archangel No.1 kick things off.

The impressively designed labels of the two bottlings reflect a sombre mood. Tom Thiel's art may already be familiar to some of you from Signatory's Viking series or from CD covers of the melodic death metal band Amon Amarth.

A Caol Ila 2012/2022 is presented as Horseman No.1. Distilled in 2012 and bottled in 2022, the smoky Islay single malt was matured for ten years in a sherry butt and two bourbon hogsheads. 1,238 bottles are available at cask strength of 58.4% ABV, uncoloured and unchill-filtered. The label presents the first apocalyptic rider as described in the Revelation of John on a white horse with a victory wreath and bow.

Eight years old is the Ben Nevis 2014/2022, the Archangel No.1. A First Fill Oloroso Sherry Butt and a Second Fill Port Pipe were used to store this Highland Whisky, which was distilled in 2014 and bottled in 2022. Signatory worked without chill-filtering or colouring and presents he whisky at cask strength of 58.5% ABV. The bottling comprises 1,336 bottles, the label of which shows Archangel Gabriel as the heralding angel, holding a scroll and a lantern in his hands .

Pictures: Kirsch Import


Petra Milde is a freelance author of books and specialist writing about spirits and food. She has been supporting the editorial team since 2015 and creates informative and entertaining articles in the news section.

Besides her writing work, she moderates tastings and can be met at spirits fairs, both behind the stands and in front of them, looking for new products and interesting people to talk to.