First Taste: Glenmorangie Signet

Bill Dowd was one of a select group to get a early taste of the new Glenmorangie Signet, due out in October for about $185 for a 750ml bottle. It was designed over the course of a decade by Bill Lumsden, a master distiller who is unafraid of experiments like port finishing (with smashing results). The Signet is made with roasted and chocolate barley, and according to Dowd, it is a great whisky:

I usually like to build my case for making a “good” or “bad” judgment step by step. I’ll dispense with it here to immediately declare that anyone who does not find Signet a brilliant product should have her/his taste buds removed. They’re obviously out of order.

Glenmorangie is reportedly really shaking things up this fall with several new bottlings from both Ardbeg and its eponymous brand. It is also moving its HQ to Edinburgh from Broxburn.

The Glenmorangie Signet is meant to be its new flagship bottling.

The Signet is just the latest change at LVMH-owned Glenmorangie. which replaced the recipe of its flagship 10 year old last year and re-branded it as Glenmorangie Original (Ten Years Old). The new line has gotten some nice reviews.

It also revamped its bottles and launched a “signet” logo based on the Cadboll stone, an old Pict carving from the 8th Century found on the site of the Glenmorangie estate.

More recently, it has replaced its Artisan Cask with a new cask strength bottling dubbed Astar.

For curiousity’s sake, here’s Bill Lumsden on how to taste whisky in a pretty low quality Youtube video:

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~ by whisky1 on September 2, 2008.

4 Responses to “First Taste: Glenmorangie Signet”

  1. […] Glenmorangie is reportedly really shaking things up this fall with several new bottlings from both A… […]

  2. […] for your next tasting event, given the curiosity level. We’ve posted on Signet before (”First Taste: Glenmorangie Signet“) and also Kirkland Macallan (”Costco Macallan and the Fate of the […]

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  4. […] The Glenmorangie Signet is meant to be its new flagship bottling. […]

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