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Glenmorangie Signet

Chocolate and Bitter Coffee

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@VictorReview by @Victor

21st Aug 2012


Glenmorangie Signet
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Much has already been said about Glenmorangie Signet and its use of toasted and roasted-malt barley. The reviewed bottle has been open for 11 months. Ratings are for the bottle at present

Colour: dark gold

Body: rich

Nose: cocoa powder, vanilla, oak; dry with only a hint of sweet

Taste: thick rich chocolate, semi-sweet...malt follows, with some increasing sweetness. Very interesting and quite tasty

Finish: chocolate moves to bitter coffee on the finish. The finish is long and ends dry while staying bitter

Balance: Jim Murray rebuked this whisky for having inferior wood. If he is referring to bitter oak, particularly influencing the finish, I have to disagree. Actually bitter oak and a bitter finish are a pleasure and a novelty to taste going into this particular finish, and work well here, as they seldom do elsewhere

This is a whisky that everyone should taste because it is so distinctive

I expect that in the future there will be many more toasted/roasted-malt malt whiskies to come, because of the popularity of this whisky

When the reviewed bottle was new the flavours were fresher and more intense than they are now. I would have rated this bottle of Glenmorangie Signet 93 at its best

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Wills commented

I always like to read reviews about the Signet. Sounds lovely all the time with the dark, roasty flavors. But this dram is very very expensive in my opinion. Maybe I get my hands on a sample one day. A 'distinctive' profile sounds very attractive to me.

Btw. I do like some bitterness sometimes. I think the Bushmills 3 Wood had it on the finish and I love this finish.

11 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Wills, at 11 months of the bottle open my bottle of Signet tastes just about exactly the same as my first bar sample of it. At the time of that sample I thought, "Pretty interesting, but what is all the fuss about? This is awfully expensive whisky for what it shows." Now my comment would be that the best, most thoroughly impressive flavours present themselves in the period under 11 months open. I recommend that a bottle of it be consumed within say 9 months, or strict measures taken with decanting, gases, etc. to get the maximum delicious flavours to remain longer than that. The Glenmorangie Signet really IS different from anything else currently on the market.

11 years ago 0

Wolfsong commented

Crazy reading this review this morning when just yesterday I was at a store in OKC that had 8 of these neatly lined up back-to-front on the shelf. I had one in my hands, but at $174 plus tax I couldn't pull the trigger without at least having tasted it. That's a large amount of dough for something I may or may not really enjoy...& for that price I want to LOVE IT. Your description of it really sounds enticing...now I semi-regret not going ahead and just taking the chance. Great review, as always!

11 years ago 0

Victor commented

Thanks, @Wolfsong. I do recommend tasting Glenmorangie Signet before buying a bottle of it, but even though it would probably be difficult to arrange, it would be best if you tasted a new-ish bottle of it in order to get the full effect. At its best this is pretty spectacular whisky, though it does evolve away from the full juicy richness over time. I am not at all sorry that I bought a bottle of it, though at this point I would have drunk more of it down or preserved it better in the earlier months of my bottle being open.

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