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Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake Review

22nd October 2020
Review of the new enticingly named Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake.

Glenmorangie A Tale Of CakeGlenmorangie A Tale Of Cake is the latest creation of Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky, without a doubt it is a very deliciously and enticingly named limited release from the Highland whisky maker, I mean who doesn't like cake.

To create Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake Dr Bill selected some Glenmorangie spirit maturing in American ex-bourbon casks which would have normally have been destined to be bottled as the Glenmorangie Original 10 Year Old we are all familiar with and as I am sure you know these casks would have imparted Glenmorangie's signature citrus notes, he then finished this spirit in Tokaji wine casks, a sweet desert wine from Hungary known for it sweet honeyed notes. Dr Bill's aim was to encapsulate cake’s magic in a single malt whisky.

Dr Bill commented: "Like so many of us, some of my favourite memories come from cake, whether it be helping my granny in her kitchen, or the pineapple birthday cake my daughter surprised me with one year. By finishing whisky in Tokaji wine casks, I’ve captured the joy of those indulgent cake moments in Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake. The liquid is a rich copper, but the taste is pure technicolour, luscious, sweet and complex with multi-layered bursts of honey, white chocolate and fruits with a hint of mint. As you might expect, it tastes incredible when enjoyed with actual cake."

Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake is bottled at 46% ABV and has a RRP of £75, you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt

Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Sweet vanilla, honey and a little almond are joined by a some fresh orange and pear.

Taste: Sweet vanilla and honey lead but are kept in check by a little bitter oak, a touch of Lebkuchen (chocolate covered spiced cakes with a apricot fruit filling) and some sugared almonds brighten things up, some citrus fruit - mandarin orange and lemon, remind you it is Glenmorangie.

Finish: Milk chocolate coated puff candy, some orange and lemon infused spiced oak lingers long into the finish.

Comment: Sweet and fruity but not as sweet as I expected, certainly not quite the sweet cake tale I was hoping for, still a delicious dram.

SMW Whisky Score 88/100

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