the new INK#1 range
Selected by our experts, INK#1 brings together six exceptional Scottish Single Malts: Bunnahabhain Staoisha 2014, Caol Ila 2013 Wine Cask, Strathmill 2009 First Fill Hogshead, Mortlach 2008 Bourbon First Fill, Glenlivet 2006 Sherry Butt and Benrinnes 22 years old Hogshead 1996.
Our new collection exalts the art of distillation with rare and impressive distillates highlighted by perfectly realized maturations. All the art lies in the complex interactions of wood, time and whisky that produce extraordinary and unexpected results, like the mixture of colour inks...
Our INK#1 philosophy
"In the maturation, one generally evokes the power of influence of the barrel on the whisky but all the art of the experts often consists in valuing the character of a distillate by a perfectly executed aging.
With INK#1 range, we have selected superb and unique distillates from distilleries that are confidential and appreciated by connoisseurs.
For our Benrinnes, Mortlach or Strathmill bottlings, our team deliberately stopped on barrels with a light aromatic contribution to highlight the magnificent work of distillation and the aromatic richness created at this stage. With Bourbon casks or Hogshead refill, each distillate is allowed to talk, breathe and balance. We find the original style from these distilleries: magic is at the heart of the still.
The cask used for the young and fiery Bunnahabhain was dechar and rechar. This method accelerates and intensifies aging while minimizing the aromatic impact of the barrel on the distillate. Youth is necessary to allow the peat to express itself, but maturity is also essential to appreciate a whisky at its fair value. With Bunnahabhain and the work of the wood, we have a 4 years old whisky already extremely mature (worthy of a 12 years), but nevertheless very tonic with an explosive peat!
On the other hand, for our Caol Ila and Glenlivet, two well-known whisky styles, we chose a Wine Cask and a Sherry Cask with a strong aromatic impact. Maturation thus leads to the distillate:
▶ The Wine Cask brings a lot of fruit to Caol Ila and helps to calm the peat.
▶ With Sherry Cask, the light, sweet and floral distillate of Glenlivet becomes all-powerful and literally explodes on the typical aromas of Sherry: spices and fruit. "
Quentin T. whisky expert from Le Comptoir Irlandais
Discover, share and surprise
The experts from Le Comptoir Irlandais have been traveling for more than 30 years in search of discoveries to share. They select the best whiskies among the most prestigious and original brands for our whisky cellar that has no less than 1000 references!
Known for its vintages and cask strength without cold filtration bottlings, the Signatory Vintage trading house founded in 1988 shares the same passion as our experts for high class whisky.
The selection of barrels from the INK#1 range was made directly from the treasures of the Signatory Vintage cellars.