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New sculpture created to celebrate the terroir of Glenmorangie Signet

Dan Snow's pioneering new sculpture will reflect the terroir of Glenmorangie Signet

Published: September 10, 2015
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An innovative new artwork which harnesses the natural beauty of Glenmorangie Signet’s terroir is to be unveiled at the Distillery’s Highland home.

The spiralling stone structure takes its inspiration from the landscape which informs Glenmorangie’s most unnecessarily well-made single malt whisky, Glenmorangie Signet – itself a marriage of man’s artistry and nature’s gifts.

Rock Springs by Dan Snow. Picture: Glenmorangie

Rock Springs by Dan Snow. Picture: Glenmorangie

Glenmorangie Signet represents the very essence of Glenmorangie. The award-winning single malt is the culmination of the Distillery’s 170-year dedication to crafting unnecessarily well-made whisky. It is informed by the mineral-rich water of Glenmorangie’s Tarlogie Springs; the local Cadboll barley, which adds a silky creaminess to the spirit; the 150-year-old oaks which make up the casks in which it is matured and the Distillery’s ancient provenance, signified by the ancient Pictish artwork of Glenmorangie’s homeland, the Hilton of Cadboll Stone.

The first whisky to be created from high-roasted “chocolate” malt, and incorporating some of Glenmorangie’s oldest stocks, Glenmorangie Signet epitomises the Distillery’s reputation for combining innovation with tradition.

Glenmorangie Signet. Picture: Glenmorangie

Glenmorangie Signet. Picture: Glenmorangie

The installation, named Rock Springs, is the creation of environmental artist Dan Snow. It will be unveiled at Glenmorangie House, the Distillery’s Highland retreat, later this month and will feature in a new advertising campaign for Glenmorangie Signet. Made from some 80 tons of locally sourced stone, and reflecting the spiralling patterns of the Cadboll Stone, this swirling dry stone sculpture, measuring 32ft (9.75m) by 44ft (13.4m) by 4ft (1.21m), hints at the timelessness of nature, reflected in the whisky.

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Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, said: “Glenmorangie Signet epitomises our Distillery’s communion with the landscape and heritage of its Highland home. In the whisky, we harness nature to create a masterpiece of distilling. It is fitting that we should mark this relationship with a monument borne of the landscape itself, paying homage to the elements which make this whisky so inspirational. Dan Snow’s work is a reminder of the beauty that can be achieved when art and nature work in harmony.”

Artist Dan Snow at work. Picture: Glenmorangie

Artist Dan Snow at work. Picture: Glenmorangie

Dan Snow, from Vermont, in the U.S, spent eight weeks building his installation. He said: “The more I see this sculpture, the more I am reminded of the rolling hills of Glenmorangie’s terroir. It now feels like the landscape is part of the work – just as the landscape is part of Glenmorangie Signet.”

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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