One of the fun things of coming out to Scotland is how dangerously cheap all the good whisky is – and the full breadth of portfolios on display at every bar – ranging from Chardonnay cask finishes to complete maturation (instead of your typical 6 month finishing at the end) inside the likes of Sauternes casks. The pours are also smaller (1 oz vs 1.5 oz) but I’ve been enjoying being sober enough to sample more.
I ended up reviewing the Signet since it is more accessible to consumers outside of Scotland. Like all Glenmorangies, it falls into dessert dram territory.
- Score 88/10
Nose: Chocolate and cappucino
Palate: Hits with a light and effervescent lychee champagne before milk chocolate takes over on the mid-palate. Lingers with a chocolate mocha aftertaste.
We didn’t read up on the dram, but from taste it was readily apparent that chocolate malt was used.
If it were a SMWS: “Charlie and the Malt Factory.” Dangerously easy to drink. Chocolate-y AF with some lychee and cappuccino notes.
Bought for: 1 oz pour at 11.50 GPB (around 120 GPB per bottle in Scotland). Update: ended up purchasing a bottle at $158 from Ludwig’s Fine Wines.
- Malted barley and chocolate malt
- No age statement but is rumored to contain some 35-40 year old expressions
- Aged in virgin American oak. No chill-filtration
- ABV 46%
About Glenmorangie Signet:
- Won whisky of the year at the 2016 International Whisky Competition
- Named after the Glenmorangie logo, which was based on the Hilton of Cadboll Stone of the Picts (a tribe that ruled the North-eastern part of Scotland, where Glenmorangie is situated, and were named by the Greeks because they painted landscape scenes on their bodies)