Friday, April 10, 2009

First Taste: Glenmorangie Signet

The upgrading of Glenmorangie continues with the magnificent Signet, a blend of the house's oldest and rarest malt whisky. It's the latest genius move from Dr. Bill Lumsden and Rachel Barrie, the distilling/blending team that has long overseen the development of the fascinating wood experiments and iterations the brand is known for. Non-chill filtered, Signet carries the classic house-style oak and fruit nose, opening with mashed peaches and butter-sautéed pears, roasted pineapple and a touch of passion fruit sprinkled with cinnamon, clove and coffee. On the palate, tropical fruit dominates, along with mocha and coffee and once again, that notable aged malt passion fruit. This dazzler finishes dry and very spicy with a touch of wintergreen, a surprisingly brisk quality here. Made with highly roasted chocolate malt, Signet is a deep, intense and sophisticated single malt Scotch expression, and a sterling success. (Moet Hennessy USA)
My score: 9

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