Glenmorangie: A Tale of Cake

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Liquid, alcoholic, cake. How could I say no when a press release offering a sample of such juice dropped into my inbox a couple of weeks ago? What landed at my front door a few days later wasn’t actually some Heston Blumenthal-esque molecular deconstruction of a custard cream, but rather the newest limited edition from Glenmorangie.

Called ‘A Tale of Cake’ this new expression is initially matured in bourbon casks before being finished in Hungarian Tokaji dessert wine casks. Tokaji wine is made from noble rot grapes (the resulting wine is a lot more delicious than the grape variety would have you believe), which become quite shrivelled due to the action of noble rot fungus. This shrivelling concentrates the sugars in the grape, resulting in a very sweet, and highly sought after, wine.

Speaking of his latest invention, Glenmorangie’s Direction of Whisky Creation, Dr. Bill Lumsden said: “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.”

Glenmorangie: A Tale of Cake
Tokaji Dessert Wine Cask Finish
46.3% ABV
£75 here

Nose: All sorts of fruits in syrup, with nectarine, apricot, peach, and plum. There’s floral honey, orange oils, golden syrup on warm crumpets, and buttered pastries too. A white pepper nip adds spice.

Palate: Stewed apple and pear, and some cantaloupe melon and lychee hit first, then candied ginger, lemon parfait, and sweet lime. There’s toasted marshmallow too, with ice cream cone and freshly sawn wood.

Finish: Light mace and nutmeg spice, with lemon, creamy vanilla, and sweet oak.

Overall: The Tokaji finish is definitely there, but doesn’t turn this into a ‘winesky’ – it adds a lovely syrupy sweetness, but still allows those classic Glenmorangie notes to come through. Extremely enjoyable, a lot of fun, and very moreish. I wonder why we haven’t seen more distilleries experiment with Tokaji finishes if this is what can happen?



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