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Glenmorangie Signet

Chocolate Glenmo

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@WhiskyNotesReview by @WhiskyNotes

17th Apr 2011

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Signet is a mixture of different types of malt. It uses some 20% of ‘chocolate malt’ (normally used to produce stout beer) and roasted barley which is dried at a higher temperature and roasted to a higher degree. It’s also a mixture of different ages (up to 35 years old) and cask types (refill bourbon, ‘virgin’ new oak, sherry oak and wine barrels).

It comes in a beautiful bottle that’s smoked at the top and gradually transparent towards the bottom. The lid of the box also serves as a plinth.

Glenmorangie Signet (46%, OB 2008)

Nose: complex and perfumy. Reminds me of aftershave in a way. Armani Signet? Rather oaky. There are indications of oloroso casks (marmalade, raisins, chocolate), but also of new oak and bourbon (ginger, cinnamon). Hints of smoke, toasted bread and roasted coffee. Even some old glue. Very interesting.

Mouth: rich, with fruit cake, vanilla and chocolate. Lots of ginger and nutmeg and again some roasted flavours. Hints of tobacco. Walnut oil.

Finish: the wood is taking over, nutmeg again. Rather tannic. Spicy Mexican chocolate with a hint of lime.

Very different in style. It had to grow on me, but in the end I was really convinced of its qualities. Bonus point for the innovation.

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4 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

Yes, it really is VERY chocolate-y!!! Three words for the Glenmorangie Signet: Interesting, tasty, and expensive!

10 years ago 0

@jdcook
jdcook commented

The Glenmorangie Signet is one of the few drams in its price range that I think is actually reasonable value for money. It isn't a standard dram by any means, and I've heard a couple of purists aren't impressed, but I thought it was delicious and more than happy to give the people at Glenmorangie points for out-of-the-box thinking...

...and an 86 from WhiskyNotes is a pretty decent score!

10 years ago 0

@WhiskyNotes
WhiskyNotes commented

It's a decent score, and I do keep a bottle tucked away, but I'm not sure the n°1 position in the "Highest rated" list is justified. It's much more of an experimental "love or hate" dram than Lagavulin 16 DE for example.

10 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Interesting point, @WhiskyNotes. Both whiskies (Signet and Lagavulin 16 1991 DE) have only four reviews on Connosr. Both, however, have been reviewed by @jdcook and @I_SPEY: the former preferred the Signet and the latter preferred the Lagavulin, by 5 points each. The Signet has two scores in the 90s and two in the 80s, whereas the Lagavulin has three scores in the 90s and only one score in the 80s. So, while @jdcook's score is skewing the results in favour of the Signet, it wouldn't take much to push the Lagavulin ahead, as it's only "lagging"—sorry for the pun, but it was irresistible—by 1 point. All that is needed is a bit of regression to the mean...

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