Glenmorangie's Head of Distilling & Whisky Creation Dr Bill Lumsden describes Signet as "One of our greatest and most complex creations to date." Given that Lumsden is almost fanatical in his passion for making fine whisky, this statement gives the liquid itself quite a lot to live up to.
Glenmorangie, Signet (Scotland)
One of the principal factors that marks Signet out as different from most whiskies is its use of some 20 per cent of ‘chocolate’ malt, with an annual batch of spirit having been distilled for the past decade to this recipe. Signet contains a mix of this ‘chocolate malt’ whisky, matured for 10 years in a combination of former Bourbon and new oak casks and then blended with other Glenmorangie whiskies, some up to 35 years old.
These whiskies come from a variety of cask types, including Sherry and wine, helping to give the finished product some of the complexity to which Lumsden alludes. So does the whisky live up to his claims?
From the first nosing it is impossible to deny the existence of complexity, with aromas of rich fruit, honey, marmalade, maple, Sherry, sweet oak and spice. The body is silky-smooth and the palate offers lots of fruit and lively spice, with dark chocolate, contrasting vanilla and a hint of leather. The finish is spicy and medium in length. ‘Dr Bill’ and his team have every reason to be proud of their latest, innovative creation!
46.0% ABV, 70cl, £130.00, specialist whisky merchants.