GSN Review: Glenmorangie Signet


For one week each year, the stills at Glenmorangie’s distillery in the Scottish Highlands are dedicated to the creation of Glenmorangie Signet, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018. Created by Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks, Glenmorangie Signet was the first single malt to use high roast ‘chocolate malt’ barley in its production and includes some of the distillery’s rarest whiskies matured in bespoke designer casks.

The distillation of Glenmorangie Signet is a rare occasion that takes place for one week every year – Signet Week. For seven days each year, the distillery only produces the ‘chocolate malt’ and halts production on all other whiskies, a highly unusual occurrence in the whisky industry. While the exact secrets of its production are known only to Glenmorangie’s whisky creators, the high-roast ‘chocolate malt’ is tumble-roasted in small quantities, coaxing out a spirit of espresso intensity and is tempered over many years by a marriage of unique cask types. Bourbon barrels, sherry butts, and unusual virgin charred oak casks are all balanced by some of Glenmorangie’s oldest stocks. 

“Glenmorangie has always been known for pushing the boundaries of the taste experience through innovation and Signet is, in many ways, the embodiment of that creative vision,” says Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks. “My favorite cup of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee inspired me to create Signet and it took years of hard work and painstaking attention to detail to bring it to life. We had to forge new ground: to create a spirit that united the ‘chocolate malt’ with Glenmorangie’s signature house malt, to dedicate the stills to that purpose alone for seven days each year, and then to perfect an assemblage from our rarest and most precious whiskies. It remains one of my proudest creations and one I’m delighted to see enjoyed around the world by whisky connoisseurs and newcomers in equal measure.”

Glenmorangie Signet (92 proof)
Visual: Orange-yellow.
Nose: Finely appointed oak nose with just a hint of sherry capping off the high notes. A wealth of medium tones the belie a rich and temperate body.
Taste: Next to no smokiness, but instead a cheery and sweetened blend of highland malt with a warm embrace of bourbon and sherry character.
Finish: Medium long with a soft fade.
Overall: The overall effect is of supreme balance and self-assuredness. The chocolate malt really lends itself to this flavorful expression.
GSN Rating: A+

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