The Glenmorangie Distillery was founded in 1843 when the Matheson brothers converted the Morangie farm into a distillery. It lies just north of Tain, on the wind-swept coastline of Easter Ross. Their stills are the tallest found in Scotland – as tall as a giraffe, apparently – of the same design as those used in the 1880's which were in fact second-hand Gin stills. Which means that only the very lightest vapours make it to the top, resulting in a smooth and elegant Scotch Whisky.
In 2004 the distillery was sold to LVMH, a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate and has since adopted a brave strategy of giving their drams French-sounding names, which on the looks of things, has payed out for them.
The Signet is one of Glenmorangie's most unusual creations. It's a combination of two different types of malted barley – high roast chocolate barley malt, which is normally used to produce brown ales, porters and stout Beer (they're more roasted, or caramelized, than what is standard in making Whisky), and Cadboll barley malt from Glenmorangie's own estate, adding creaminess to the final dram. Additionally, 'an element' of Glenmorangie's oldest stock is used, aged from 35 years up through 40 years. The Signet is twice-distilled and matured in a variety of Sherry and new charred oak casks.
Master Distiller Dr. Bill Lumsden spent his days as a student at Glasgow University experimenting and testing with many varieties of malted barley commonly used in Beer production. We could say that the Signet is the apex of his many years of sipping, trials and errors. So, here's to vision, persistence and well, tasting!
Like a previous reviewer said, I dare you to taste the alcohol in this. When it comes to whiskey, you really get what you pay for and there's no way around it. This is spectacular.
Very distinct. Very smooth
Gentle dram, slightly sweet granola chocolate chip bar, cherry vanilla cream soda, so much flavor with perfect balance. This is so easy to love one of my favs, it's expensive, I think 170 is a decent price for it
Fantastic scotch. The chocolate and espresso really comes out in the finish. Love having a pour of this at the end of the night.
9.5/10: Dang, what can I say about this?! This is one of the most incredible Scotches I've ever had, and I've had quite a few. Bought this to have for Christmas with family and waited till the end of the evening to pull it out. (Everyone was still clearheaded.) Everyone agreed it was an absolute showstopper. I disagree with the flavor profile listing "bitterness" as a major flavor; I don't get that at all. But I do get the chocolate, oak, orange, vanilla, and ginger. But equally important as the flavor is the mouthfeel and character, and the Glenmorangie Signet is practically perfect in this. Buttery, full, and pleasant. Many finishes are so "ethanol" that they numb your mouth slightly and set up a hobo camp and refuse to leave nicely. The Signet doesn't do that. But this means the only complaint is that it's not overwhelming and therefore doesn't remain on your tongue for as long as I would prefer: the finish is medium length but satisfying. Bought for ~$205 Dec 2020 and will endeavor to always have a bottle on hand. Brilliant!
Straight up sipping espresso in an Italian cafe in the middle of Scotland.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t have the most sophisticated palate. I’m still learning to distinguish the notes in whiskey. But I can honestly say that the Signet is the first whiskey I have tried that meets the hype and price point. I can clearly taste the chocolate and the coffee underneath a delightfully balanced Highland scotch. My bourbon friends can’t figure out why I like scotch better. The Signet is why. Worth every penny.
Light peat, caramel, touch of chocolate on the finish.
A delightful scotch that has hint of chocolate flavor, a great sipper!
As good as it gets.
Nose: raisin and dried fruit over cocoa
Taste: Cinnamon spice giving way to cocoa and a lovely lingering light citrus finish. Finish is long.
9 is my highest rating - only because I've yet to find my 10. But this and Bunnahabhain 18 are my favorites (although quite different)
We got chocolate and espresso notes with a whiff of malt; Very smooth; didn’t notice any of the bitter noted in the flavor spiral
One of my fave bottles. So smooth
a little too much stout/dark beer flavor for me.
Only time I have ever given 10 stars. Why? I just haven't had anything else with so much complexity, and its still mind boggling how pronounced the espresso/coffee is. On top of that it is smooth as silk, you can't taste the alcohol if you try.
I should point out that I have given this to many of my friends, and they don't have the same reaction (no complaints, but they would give it in the 7-8 star range). So...whether you are in my camp or my friends' camp is something you will need to discover on your own.
A little underwhelming neat but a couple drops of water really balances it out and bring out all the flavor
Beautiful rich flavors! Dried apricots, chocolate, and coffee flavors make this a truly unique whiskey worth every penny.
Absolutely sublime and different to anything else I've ever tasted. Soooo smooth and warm. I was nervous on trying my first sip as I'd heard so much about it I thought it was hype, but it's not. Wonderful.
Very balanced, toffee, oak,
This is a luxurious, refined and most elegant Scotch Whisky. The notes on this one are quite distinct. everything correlates from nose to palate. Dark chocolate, oak, orange essence, oak, coffee and vanilla are the stars of the show here. The layering is remarkable. Lingers on the tongue with intricate transitional character, through to the tranquil and velvety finish.
One of the best single malt whiskeys I’ve ever had. Superb!
Got this in Tax Free for the first time and WOW - so smooth and tasty. Well worth the money.
Smooth and and delicious! My absolute favorite Scotch.
Easily in my top 3 ever. This is a fantastic dram. On the nose. The taste. Sublime. Utterly classically elegant and sublime. You must try this at least....as many times as you can!!!!
Sweet Scotch. Chocolate, caramel. Unusual for a Scotch, but very delicious.
The Glenmorangie Signet is the best Scotch I've ever had. There's no peat in this; many confuse peat /smoky with oak. These are not to be confused. The flavor spiral on this Scotch is very accurate.
I can certainly taste the oranges, cacao / dark chocolate, espresso and oak.
This Scotch has depth and is well balanced.
Perfect balance, a must have dram.
My favorite Scotch (and I generally am not a Glenmorangie drinker). I generally struggle with the Highland Scotches. That said Signet really changed my perception and I may need to go back and try more from the region again. On this nose I get espresso and citrus. The palette is spicy with vanilla and a hint of tobacco. The finish is very smooth and lasting with more citrus and some tannins but definitely not astringent. The big shocker with this bottle was the noticeable absence of in your face peat. There are hints of peat but it's very tame and balanced. The checkbook doesn't allow me to keep this bottle around as a daily drinker but I sure wish it did.
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An after dinner dessert. Tastes of chocolate and cinnamon!!
Best Desgined Glass
Fantastic. Smooth. An easy drink
Smell: toasted sugar
Taste: spicy, velvety, creamy
Finish: spicy, fruity
Just a delight to sip.
Very decadent. Like dark chocolate with a hint of orange dissolved in espresso. The finish is chocolatey and doesn't linger that long. If you're looking for something completely different in a whiskey this is about the most unique tasting one I've had. Ice makes it taste shallow and bitter. Best enjoyed neat. How they got a single malt whiskey to taste like this is beyond me.
The chocolate and orange notes are delightfully satisfying!
Tasted at Whisjey West and loved the honey and lack of smoke
Smooth, dark, truly very involving.
Best one i ever had! Absolutely amazing!
Wow. Just wow. So much depth and texture. Rich chocolate and coffee notes, viscous and rich.
Wonderfully rich and decadent. This is a dram that makes the knees weak.
I love this one! Chocolate and malt and delicious!
Complexity for days and distinctive flavors.
Remarkable whisky. Bottled at 46% and much less heat than the 18 year old, which is at 43%. Smells primarily (to my nose at least) of oranges, cocoa and a bit of oak. Chocolate taste really comes through, along with oranges (of course!), vanilla and a bit of cinnamon. Very nice mouthfeel...kind of syrupy. Just a wonderful whisky but man it's expensive.
Perfect balance of chocolate and coffee that reaches umami proportions!
Very smooth and much less peaty than their regular offerings.
Pretty good. Liked it, but not as much as Glenlivet.
Attendees at a tasting I hosted lost their minds over this one. Outstanding!!! There was clearly something for everyone here because we have widely varying palates and preferences.
My favorite scotch by far. The hint of chocolate is unique.
Lovely brilliant whiskey.
It’s good, it’s great, but it’s not the best
Smooth, warm, dark roasted taste with bitter coffee and chocolate notes. Mild ginger-like spice. Sweeter finish than start.
Off note at the end
Another fabulous addition to the home bar. Nose of plum/currant/raisan followed by a nice mix of coffee and tobacco on the palate.
my absolute favorite whiskey, or any alcohol for that matter
An absolute gem! Different flavor than most but fantastic.
Nice chocolatey taste. Absolutely love it
Toffee and coffee , they have a couple bottles in D.C. At the Denson.
Absolutely perfect, best in this price range, a must try!!!!