From our tall stills (we have Scotland’s tallest) to the introduction of wood finishes (we pioneered extra-maturation) Glenmorangie has always been an innovative company in a traditional business.
In 2009 Glenmorangie released the world’s first single malt whisky made with high roasted chocolate malt barley. That seemingly small innovation – the inclusion of tumble roasted grains – led to the creation of, perhaps, Scotland’s most feted single malt whisky. Yet close examination reveals that successful innovation is not simply the product of febrile imagination! Rather, caffeine fuelled flights of fancy work best when paired with an absolute devotion to creating the Unnecessarily Well Made… This is the story of Glenmorangie Signet:
Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s whisky creator, became a coffee aficionado back when he was a student in Scotland. Coffee connoisseurs may have been myriad in Milan and San Francisco but they were few and far between in 1980’s Edinburgh… Undaunted, the young Dr Bill, then studying for a PHD in Biochemistry, obsessed over the subtleties of various single estate beans and the ideal roasting levels for optimum flavour extraction! He also settled on a favourite coffee, one made from the high-altitude beans of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains and it is their silky and smooth yet complex flavour profile which would later inspire him to create Glenmorangie Signet, the culmination of a lifetime’s worth of coffee-fuelled ideas and dreams. It is a whisky which Dr Bill believes is the most unusual ever produced in Scotland. Since its release in 2009 it has won countless awards and enjoyed - arguably - more critical acclaim than any other Scottish whisky.
Glenmorangie Signet is the pinnacle of our permanent range of expressions, the summation of everything meant by the Glenmorangie ethos, Unnecessarily Well Made, a philosophy best understood when Signet’s complex make-up is explained.