Dessert-inspired whisky from Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake
Glenmorangie is celebrating the joy of a ‘cake moment’ with its latest release. The sweet and indulgent single malt, Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake is inspired by memories of baking, birthdays and more, with flavours of honey, vanilla and the fruit notes. The idea for the spirit began with Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s director of whisky creation, thinking back on how some of his happiest memories involved cake. He experimented by finishing Glenmorangie in wine casks from the Tokaji region of Hungary, which lent their sweet honeyed notes to the smooth and fruity whisky.
Dr Bill 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. 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.”
Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel, famous for his Cronut® – a doughnut-croissant hybrid, has devised a cake and cocktail pairing, a “CakeTail”, inspired by A Tale of Cake, featuring a reimagined pineapple boat cake and a pineapple Old Fashioned. He has also created CakeTail pairings in honour of Glenmorangie’s Original, Lasanta and Quinta Ruban whiskies, which will be available to a lucky few customers at his New York bakery.
“Baking and whisky making are different worlds, but they have a lot in common,” said Dominique. “When I first tried Glenmorangie, it opened by eyes to this amazing world of colour, texture, taste and aroma – it’s a new adventure every time.”
So what does it taste like?
The nose is sweet with those familiar Glenmorangie notes like vanilla and honeycomb being enhanced with extra-fruity notes especially fruits like mango and peach. We can see where the pineapple upside-down cake came in! As like the nose, the taste is sweet, luscious and luxurious. This is a whisky to savour.
Where to buy
Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake is available from 22 September 2020. Visit Glenmorangie on Instagram to see Dominique Ansel’s creations come to life.
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