During the twitter tasting for which we were invited by Glenmorangie, we were presented with one of the top-shelve whiskies the brand has to offer. During the tasting, Josh Feldman taught me an alternative expression for something not dry or sweet, but somewhere in the middle: “off-dry”, which I was happy to nick from him (he nicked it from F. Paul Pacult in his turn anyway), for future use.
46% abv, €140, single malt, non chill-filtered
sweet (off dry), clover-honey, floral, heather, clover, violets, fresh roasted coffee, dried fruits, cranberries, dried cherries, dark chocolate
Palate: off-dry (I love this note!), thick, creamy mouth feel, warm apple sauce, toffee apples, maple syrup, heavily roasted coffee beans, spicy, white pepper, dry cocoa beans
Finish: pleasant wood notes, off-dry, vanillas, dried fruits, cranberries, dark chocolate
Conclusion: at some point, I got cravings for pancakes with cranberries in the batter, covered in maple syrup. A very nice expression indeed. The wood-notes on the finish may be somewhat discouraging if you are not really into that, but if you happen to be a sherried-whisky lover like myself, she is a cracker.
from the website: “A fusion of unique and rare elements, and clouded in secrecy, Signet is the culmination of a lifetime’s experience. A blend of our oldest whisky – distilled over thirty years ago when malting still occurred on site – and spirit matured in a selection of the world’s finest casks, this undoubtedly is the richest whisky in our range. Of course, whilst the exact secrets of its production are known only to our whisky creators, we can tell you that Signet’s melting sweetness and explosive spiciness is, at least in part, caused by our unique roasted ‘chocolate’ barley malt and the ‘designer casks’ made bespoke for Glenmorangie from American white oak.”
.thanks to Glenmorangie and (once again) Steve of theWhiskyWire for providing the samples
.read more about our trip to the Glenmorangie distillery in our WhiskySpeller article