Glenmoragie’s Signet malt whisky is the culmination of 170 years of craft and patience shaped by the natural conditions unique to their Highland estate. From the crystal clear waters of the Tarlogie Spring, to a selection of the world's finest American white oak casks, each drop is a fusion of unique and rare elements.
The distillery has been enigmatic about exactly what has gone into Signet - letting slip only that it features some of their rarest whiskies, whilst others have been matured in a range of world class American Oak casks, which Glenmorangie commission themselves. The end result, however, speaks for itself - it’s a classy, elegant and smooth dram, with notes of espresso, plum pudding , spices and a long, citrusy finish. It’s the tireless work of Head of Distilling & Whisky Creation Dr Bill Lumsden, and the end result has been described as Glenmorangie’s richest whisky to date.
Part of that richness can be attributed to the ‘chocolate’ barley malt used in the distillation process - it’s a heavily roasted malted barley, often used to make stout, and it imbues Signet with unique notes of cocoa that further distinguish it from the pack.
Revered Highland distillers Glenmorangie may have a lifetime’s worth of whisky-making heritage behind them, but they also know that sometimes, when it comes to releasing single malts, age ain’t nothing but a number. A lack of an age statement on a whisky is often a statement in itself.
It can be a distillery issuing a vote of self-confidence, a signifier of their pride in the quality of the spirit they have produced, and a reminder to the public that there’s more to a whisky’s quality than just a number. Whiskies without age statements can be top quality, and Glenmorangie’s Signet is just that.
Pleasingly, much care has gone into the design as the contents - the bottle features the distillery’s much-loved emblem (or, er, signet), which is based on the ancient Pictish Cadboll Stone. As the festive season engulfs us all, it is also worth noting that the bottle has been ergonomically designed to fit not only in drinks cabinets, but also in stockings and under trees. Funny, that.
So, single-malt aficionados of the world take heed - if you’ve been good this year, Saint Nick might well reward you with a bottle of Signet. And if you haven’t? Well, you can always buy one yourself.
Glenmorangie Signet £138,95. For guaranteed delivery on Christmas eve (UK mainland) please order by December 22nd.