Signet is created from a blend of mature aged whiskys from Glenmorangie’s archives, with a high roasted “chocolate” malt, giving extraordinarily rich, dark and powerful flavors, with hints of amaretto, dark chocolate and espresso coffee, all in exquisite balance.
According to Dr. Bill, head whiskymaker for Glenmorangie, Signet is the culmination or 20 years of ideas going back to when he was in brewing and distilling school. The actual experiments involved in creating this whisky began 10-11 years ago. That’s when Bill, beer drinker and experimental whisky distiller, decided to tinker with using malted barley varieties commonly used in making beer.
Signet has a portion of whisky in it (15-20%) made from chocolate malt. Bill describes it as “Whisky made from normal whisky malt is like a cappuccino, while whisky made from chocolate malt is like an espresso”. Signet also contains whisky from Cadboll barley malt, the first time this has been used in a Glenmorangie (adding some creaminess to the whisky). The whisky is aged in a variety of casks, including sherry and new charred oak, and contains some older whiskys too up to 35 years old
Glenmorangie is known for its multi-layered aromas and flavours. The spirit originated in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, matured in oak casks, and perfected by the 16 Men of Tain. The distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field, uniting tradition with innovation.