dubz480

Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake

Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

Tasted September 28, 2020
4.25
4.25 out of 5 stars
During a recent bottle share I had the opportunity to taste this latest limited offering from Glenmorangie... I wasn't in love with last year's Cadboll release so was a bit skeptical about this year's release... My buddy sharing this dram felt it had some similarities to the fantastic Signet... I am also a sucker for Tokaji finishing as a lot of American Whiskey is getting that treatment recently with very good results... The 46% ABV is also much appreciated... Let's dive in... Entry is rich and decadent... Honey and toffee with a lovely fruitiness in the background... Mid palate adds chocolate notes and introduces some much needed barrel spice... Finish is a decent length and add a touch of oak and the rich honey dipped grapes... Very tasty indeed. Well done Glenmo, definitely a great sweet release... Diet Signet!
  • ContemplativeFox
    October 2, 2020

    @PBMichiganWolverine Thanks for the tip! That sounds well worth trying :)

  • PBMichiganWolverine
    October 1, 2020

    @ContemplativeFox @dubz480 so apparently Crown Royal just came out with a 16 yr rye priced at $60-65. That is a great value !

  • ContemplativeFox
    September 30, 2020

    @PBMichiganWolverine @dubz480 I was wondering if that might be it. I have yet to try one, but I just can't imagine they're worth anything near that price. I could get onboard at $200 for an exceptional rye, but $500 really needs to be something I look back on wistfully 20 years down the road.

  • ContemplativeFox
    September 30, 2020

    @dubz480 Thanks for explaining. I generally don't think of tokaji as being as sweet as sauternes. but I was wondering. Sounds like a good balance!

  • PBMichiganWolverine
    September 30, 2020

    @dubz exactly. I can see $200 for such a well aged rye...but $500, just because it’s a few weeks in secondary finishing and a few days in a tertiary? !?!

  • dubz480
    September 30, 2020

    @PBMichiganWolverine I have the 18yr Lock Stock (sourced from Alberta Distillery) and that was $199 (it's also cask strength at 109 proof) and fantastic! sooo long story short that absolutely does not warrant that price tag.

  • PBMichiganWolverine
    September 30, 2020

    @dubz480 @ContemplativeFox that’s the one...Boss Hog. I guess the high price is bc it’s a 17yr rye. They source their ryes from Canada, which I thought were cheaper

  • dubz480
    September 30, 2020

    @PBMichiganWolverine @ContemplativeFox are you guys referencing the new Boss Hog release? If so, those are always way overpriced IMO at $500... Below are the specifics on that one: “Our 17-year-old straight rye whiskey spends three weeks resting in Spanish oak before finishing in South American Teakwood for just three days,” explains Pete Lynch, master blender, WhistlePig. “A one-hour proprietary toast with the Spanish oak creates a small char layer that removes some tannins but preserves the good ones. A medium level toast grants incredibly aromatic cinnamon, allspice and roasted nut flavors, while softening the overall intensity of the greener wood notes in the finishing cask.”

  • PBMichiganWolverine
    September 30, 2020

    @ContemplativeFox and priced $500...

  • dubz480
    September 30, 2020

    @ContemplativeFox that's a good shout but this one is not that sweet and provides a much more satisfying experience IMO... it's definitely not Signet don't get me wrong but tasted blind it will at least give you some pause to contemplate..

  • ContemplativeFox
    September 30, 2020

    @PBMichiganWolverine Holy cow! That sounds like a huge waste. I wonder what flavor they expect that to impart?

  • ContemplativeFox
    September 30, 2020

    I'm surprised that this was similar to the Signet - I expected it to be more like the Nectar D'Or. How would you say it compares with that, @dubz480 ?

  • PBMichiganWolverine
    September 29, 2020

    @dubz480 Speaking of whistlepig, they have an interesting ( and silly priced ) release coming out which was matured an entire 3 days in Brazilian teak. 3 whole days.

  • dubz480
    September 28, 2020

    @jonwilkinson7309 @PBMichiganWolverine I have also had a Tokaji Barrell as well as a Whistle Pig Tokaji and enjoyed both... this was also really enjoyable especially if you are a Glenmo fan... I found it to be rich and sweet but with balance.. not overly sweet.

  • PBMichiganWolverine
    September 28, 2020

    @dubz480 have you tried Glenmorangie Milsean? That was overly sweet—-hoping this isn’t like that

  • jonwilkinson7309
    September 28, 2020

    Thanks for the review, and great timing! A promotional email for this bottle just landed in my email box, so of course, I jumped in here to see what I could find. Just an hour after you posted, as luck would have it. My Glenmorangie experiences have been mostly positive, but the "cake" name and the florescent birthday colors in loop left me a little skeptical. I've tried just one other tojaki-finished finished whiskey - one of 18-year Barrell bottles released this year. Much different, but very nice. This one also sounds quite enjoyable.

  • dubz480
    September 28, 2020

    @Scott_E $100... steep but it is legitimately good.

  • Scott_E
    September 28, 2020

    Nice early review. I am very curious about this and look forward to trying. What’s the retail price on this?