Review: Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake

One of the highlights each year is getting to taste Glenmorangie’s annual limited edition release. It’s always something interesting and this latest offering is no different. Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake starts with maturation in ex-bourbon barrels. The matured whisky then sees a short maturation in Tokaji wine casks. Glenmorangie’s “base” whisky usually plays really well with secondary maturation.

Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation, Dr. Bill Lumsden, took inspiration from his cake.

“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.”

Dr. Bill Lumsden

Bottled at 46% abv, Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake is immensely fruity on the nose with loads of ripe tropical fruit. It’s balanced with softer vanilla and honey as well as a slight floral note. Taste-wise, though the fruit found on the nose carries over, the whisky itself is not overtly sweet. The familiar honeyed malt and creamy vanilla notes associated with Glenmorangie add a nice base, while sweet pineapple jelly contributes some tanginess. The finish brings in hints of honey, roasted nuts, and a touch of peppermint.

First things first – the whisky is utterly delicious, but there’s more to it. A Tale of Cake is certainly reminiscent of a cake from those birthday parties I had as a child, or at least what my mind remembers. Whiskies that can evoke pleasant memories are certainly the ones we like to keep around and share with friends. Every whisky has a story, but few have both the taste and quality to bring you back to great times in your life. This is one of those whiskies. Bottom line – this whisky is delicious. Highly recommended.

Thanks to Glenmorangie for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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