A superb, beautifully packaged Glenmorangie. Signet is distilled from malt with a good portion of chocolate malt too. Chocolate malt is heavily roasted malted barley. Some of this whisky was also matured in virgin oak casks.
The heart of this is tumble roasted barley intended to produce heavy dark chocolate and coffee notes, and indeed it does. With this much depth of flavor, I would believe it to be a blended whisky instead of a batch marriage malt. I really love all of the different ‘morangies in this one and the “top secret” ones add a nice touch of mystery and intrigue. Signet has the most fascinating finish I have ever experienced; a persistent pulsating creamy vanilla note that hangs on the front of the tongue for over 10 minutes. Truly truly enjoyable, a scotch like no other. I am surprised no one has attempted to imitate….
Nose: Chocolate raisins, an old-fashioned cocktail, cocoa. Peels.
Palate: Sweet, syrupy cinnamon, dries, huge cocoa, oranges, lychees, malt.
Finish: Dries and becomes pleasantly rubbery, fruity.
Overall: Utterly superb.
Whisky of the Year – 2016
International Whisky Competition
Highland Single Malt No Age Statement – 2014
World Whiskies Awards
Scotch Single Malt – Highland – 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
Distillers’ Single Malts between 13 and 20 Years Old – 2014
International Spirits Challenge