Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Typology: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Tokaij
Additional Coloring: N/A
Owner: Moet Hennessy
Average price: € 180.00
Official website: www.glenmorangie.com
Like any other art form, whisky, which in its best versions it certainly is, establishes a unique relationship with the user, calling into question their experience, so much so that it can happen, while drinking, that some perceptions draw more on memory and feelings than on knowledge of the wheel of aromas.
In the case of this A Tale Of Cake, the reverse process occurred. Glenmorangie’s renowned Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation & Whisky Stock, Bill Lumsden, started with a very specific memory (the pineapple upside-down cake his daughter used to make for her birthday) and tried to create a whisky that in a way was its counterpart. To do this, he chose a very particular maturation in ex-Tokaji casks from Hungary.
Along with Sauternes, Tokaji is one of the world’s most prestigious moulded wines. The grapes are left to dry on the vine, attacked by noble rot, while their maceration is carried out in special jars. It’s a very fresh and mineral sweet wine, quite alcoholic (up to 14%) and with a great structure, which reminds of the most delicious pastry, while in the mouth it offers infinite nuances of fruit and balsamic herbs. The use of casks for whisky is rare because it’s difficult to handle such loaded woods. In any case, they tend to add hints of pastry, cream and tropical fruit, but if dosed well, they also add mineral, roasted and balsamic notes.
Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake has no official ageing statement (we don’t know the exact duration of the first maturation in ex-Bourbon casks, nor that of the refinement in ex-Tokaji casks), and is offered at 46% ABV without chill filtration. Since this is a limited edition, on the market since Autumn last year, it’s currently difficult to find in our country, and certainly not at a low cost.
The colour is bright amber.
On the olfactory level, the whisky offers a series of sensory variations on the theme of sweetness: from rather intense tropical notes (pineapple), particularly at the start, to floral hints (jasmine), without forgetting pastry fragrances (shortcrust pastry and hazelnut cream). A generous spice of ginger and a touch of orange zest add a citrusy richness to the profile, while a balsamic note of mint suggests a pleasant sensation of freshness. In the long run, a robust vanilla aroma takes centre stage.
In the mouth, the attack is peppery, with the sweetness coming from the pastry and a hint of pineapple with Grand Marnier. Compared to the nose, there is the novelty of apricot and a hint of wood that is not too invasive, while the orange zest confirms that the citrus heart of Glenmorangie is always beating strongly.
The medium-length finish is still spicy, with a legacy of cream and vanilla.
A whisky that maintains a fine balance throughout the dram. The obvious contribution of the former Tokaji casks tastefully complements the personality of Glenmorangie, creating a harmony that is anything but predictable.
This review is for Francesca who showed me the way and chose to walk it with me.
Reviews of whisky from Glenmorangie in the blog:
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban
Glenmorangie The Duthac
Glenmorangie The Nectar d’Or
Glenmorangie The Original
Glenmorangie The Tayne