Member of the Week | Glenmorangie

Creators of pioneering whisky since 1843.

For just one week each year, Glenmorangie dedicates its stills to a ground-breaking single malt whisky. Harnessing high-roast ‘chocolate malt’ barley in a pioneering distillation, the Highland Distillery creates a spirit of espresso intensity – destined for Glenmorangie Signet. As the spirit rises through those stills, the tallest in Scotland, a beguiling aroma of Aruba-rich coffee fills the air…

Inspired by the simple pleasure found in a cup of coffee, Glenmorangie Signet’s rich depths embody the pioneering spirit for which the Distillery has been renowned since it was founded in 1843. Named World Whisky of the Year at the International Whisky Competition in 2016, this expression is the first single malt ever created with ‘chocolate malt’. United with Glenmorangie’s signature house malt, it brings forth distinctive mocha flavours, remarkable in the world of whisky.

And this is just the beginning of Glenmorangie Signet’s story. Over many years, its spirit’s intensity is tempered by a judicious marriage of some of the Distillery’s rarest whiskies and most exceptional casks. From especially crafted bourbon barrels comes creaminess. From sherry butts comes sweetness, and from virgin charred oak casks, a spicy backbone. Then some of Glenmorangie’s oldest stocks bring balance. Married together with extraordinary skill, they culminate in the single malt’s spiralling explosion of flavours.

For the whisky’s creator, Glenmorangie Signet’s indulgent tastes are the realisation of a singular vision. “Many years ago, after drinking a cup of my favourite Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, I began to imagine how I might evoke its distinctive taste in a whisky,” explains Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s acclaimed Director of Distilling & Whisky Creation. “It would take years of hard work and painstaking attention to detail – but I was determined to bring the idea to life.”

“It is now more than a decade since we first shared Glenmorangie Signet with the world. To this day, it remains one of my proudest creations. With its sizzling spices, tastes of bitter mocha and mellow butterscotch notes, Glenmorangie Signet is enjoyed worldwide by whisky newcomers and single malt connoisseurs alike.”

It is only right that such an innovative whisky should take its name from Glenmorangie’s icon – the signet. Emblazoned on each bottle, the signet’s intricate patterns echo the beauty of the ancient Cadboll Stone – carved on land close to the Distillery, 1,300 years ago. Like that enigmatic emblem, each dram of Glenmorangie Signet is a glorious celebration of Highland skill and inspiration.

Glenmorangie is featured as part of the 2019 Walpole Book of British Luxury. To view a digital version of the book, please click here. To find out more about featuring in the 2020 edition, please click here or email rosie.mason@thewalpole.co.uk.