Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake Review

Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake made me a bit weary. The only other whisky I’ve had finished in a Tokaji barrel was the 1995 Longrow and I hated it. It’s one of the worst whiskies I’ve had and is the worst Longrow, or Springbank for that matter, I’ve had… by a long shot.

In theory, the heavier, funkier, peatier spirit of Longrow should match up well with the dessert-sweet Tokaji barrel, but in that case I found nothing but clashing profiles that turned me off from being at all curious about Tokaji finishes. So I’m having a hard time seeing how this is going to work with the already sweet Glenmo.

Maybe it’ll work and the Tale of Cake will be of having it and eating it too. Or maybe it’ll be an overly sweet mess. Only one way to find out: let’s get to drinkin’.

Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake – Details and Tasting Notes


Whiskey Details

Natural Color

Style: Single Malt (Scotch)
Region: Highlands, Scotland
Distiller: Glenmorangie

Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon, ex-Tokaji
Age: NAS
ABV: 46%

Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake Price: $100

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“Some time ago, our Director of Whisky Creation, Dr Bill, found himself musing over how some of his most joyful memories came from cake.” – Glenmorangie


Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake Tasting Notes


Dried orchard fruit, overripe apricots, citrus sponge cake, vanilla fondant and subtle spice, malt and tropical fruit notes.

Not super complex, but elegant and buttery with strong fruity notes that remind me of the Nectar D’ Or in a way.

Malt, dried orchard fruit, citrus sponge cake, vanilla, malt, roasted nuts, nutmeg and some touches of oak, copper and yellow raisins.

Based on the name, I was expecting more cake. I get some, and it’s nice, but it’s not a super cakey profile, more fruity.

Med-long -> Fruit, oak, citrus and a nice bit of waxy vanilla as it fades out.

Good sense of balance, medium body and a soft velvety feel.

Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake – Overall Thoughts and Score

The more I sip the less “cake” I get out of this. That’s not a bad thing, I’m not poo-pooing it because I’m not quite getting the connection, I’m just not getting the super cakey notes I’ve picked up in other whiskies like the Glenfiddich Select Cask or the 1997 Munros Ledaig 20 years. Both of those had a stronger cake sense than this, but this is still a good whisky.

The fruity thread that weaves through from nose to finish is quite nice. It gives this apricot-meets-sultanas-meets-dried-apples essence to the entire whisky that all the other notes revolve around. Glenmorangie A Tale Of Cake is a perfectly pleasant sipper and sometimes that’s all you need.

SCORE: 3/5 (above average, worth checking out ~ B- | 80-82)

*Disclosure: The sample for this Scotch review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

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Whisky Wednesday Reviews Macallan Rich Harmony Cacao, 44% – Scotch Whisky News

Macallan. There you go, most of you may have already ignored this post.

Hopefully not though! As much as this whisky can annoy retailers and customers alike, it is a whisky with a flavour profile that matches the ‘new direction’ of Macallan. Years ago I fell in love with that chocolate orange depth charge that belonged to the old Macallan 10’s, 12’s, etc. But now we have this dark chocolate, milky coffee style of Macallan that I do enjoy…but comes with its heftier price tags.

The whisky itself is a collaborative between Jordi Roca and Polly Logan, teaming together a selection of sherry seasoned American and European oak casks, taking inspiration from Jordi’s expertise as a world renowned pastry chef and Polly’s professioanl whisky making approach. Utilising Macallan as the launch platform for another Roca Brother inspired release, a fair few have already seen the light of day, most notably, Macallan Edition 2 and Macallan Distil Your World: London Edition.

The box is made from recycled cacao husks which is a little different, always nice to see some greener elements filtering in to bigger releases. Anyway, check out the video and leave your own thoughts and feelings on this instant sell out bottle of Macallan.

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Elijah Craig Partners with PGA TOUR Pro Golfer Max Homa, Debuts Golf Alignment – American Whiskey News

Elijah Craig Partners with PGA TOUR Pro Golfer Max Homa, Debuts Golf Alignment

Award-winning bourbon partners with three-time PGA TOUR winner in multi-year deal

PGA TOUR pros strive for greatness every day, a mindset shared by the master craftspeople who use a lifetime of experience and years of aging to develop the signature balance of flavors in Elijah Craig Bourbon. The three-time PGA TOUR winner will continue to elevate the golf experience for fans through integrated marketing campaigns, social media collaboration, public appearances, and the Elijah Craig logo prominently displayed on shirt of Homa’s caddy and longtime friend, Joe Greiner.BARDSTOWN, Ky.Elijah Craig Bourbon today announced a new partnership with PGA TOUR professional golfer Max Homa for a multi-year sponsorship deal. Homa’s success both on and off the course since turning pro in 2013 will now be supported by Elijah Craig as the “Official Bourbon of Max Homa.”

“When you see a great golf swing or take a sip of an expertly crafted Bourbon, you can appreciate the years of patience and perseverance required to arrive at that moment. Whether you’re a pro inside the ropes, the occasional golfer, or a fan that follows along on Twitter, the golf community doesn’t settle for less than greatness,” said Max Stefka, Elijah Craig Senior Brand Manager. “Together with Max Homa, we look forward to celebrating wins big and small with golf fans everywhere over a glass of Elijah Craig Bourbon.”

“I’m excited to join the Elijah Craig team as their first-ever golf brand ambassador. Golf is a game that doesn’t come easy, and I’m learning the same is true for making their award-winning Bourbon,” said Homa. “Elijah Craig is made for those who strive for the best – in their game and in their glass. And from what I’ve tasted so far, their commitment to excellence is obvious. We’ve got lots of exciting things planned in the coming months, and I’m looking forward to sharing many memories at the 19th Hole with them and golf fans everywhere.”

Elijah Craig will also debut its 19th Hole campaign to extend the fan experience beyond the course this spring and summer. The 19th Hole campaign will include premium media placements in golf publications, digital and social media, consumer contests, and Elijah Craig-branded golf ball on-packs and in-store displays rounding out the 360-degree program.

ABOUT ELIJAH CRAIG BOURBON: Elijah Craig Bourbon bears the name of the Reverend Elijah Craig, known as “The Father of Bourbon,” who established his distillery in 1789 on the banks of Elkhorn Creek in modern day Georgetown, Kentucky. He is credited with being the first distiller to age his wares in charred oak barrels. The clear, unaged corn liquor became transformed into a bold amber liquid with a distinctively smooth flavor that makes Bourbon what it is today. Today, Elijah Craig’s community impact continues through the Elijah Craig Old Fashioned Week, providing donations up to $100,000 to Restaurant Worker’s Community Foundation. Produced by Heaven Hill Distillery, nation’s largest independent, family-owned and the world’s second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon, the Elijah Craig lineup includes Elijah Craig Small Batch, Elijah Craig Straight Rye Whiskey, Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Elijah Craig Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Elijah Craig accolades have included Whisky Advocate’s Whisky of the Year, Best Small Batch Bourbon and Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and Excellent Highly Recommended honors at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. For more information, please visit

Heaven Hill reminds you to “Think Wisely. Drink Wisely.”

Speyside Whisky Auctions “Our January auction is now LIVE!” – Whisky Auction News

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GLENTAUCHERS DISTILLERY 1996 Samaroli (2020) Cask #7843 at The Whisky Barrel – Scotch Whisky News


1996 Samaroli (2020)

Cask #7843


Glentauchers 1996 vintage Speyside single malt Scotch whisky. Single cask #7843 bottled 2020 by Samaroli. 230 numbered bottles. A pungent, persistent and ripe scent of freshly burnt wood, dried leaves and the countryside burnt by a tiring season. Resin and hay. In the mouth is satisfying, yeast, honey and butter flood the palate.

Glentauchers 1996 »

The Glentauchers Distillery Company, comprising W.P. Lowrie a Glasgow based whisky blender and James Buchanan a London based blender, commenced construction of Glentauchers Distillery in 1897 with distillation commencing the following year. Equipped with six stills Glentauchers Distillery is a Speyside malt whisky distillery to be found at Mulben in Banffshire. Since production is designed primarily to generate spirit for blends of scotch official releases of Glentauchers single malt whisky are sparse. Notwithstanding, Signatory Vintage, Gordon & MacPhail and Morrison & MacKay produce some excellent independent bottlings.

Laphroaig 33 Year Old “Ian Hunter Book #3” Islay Single Malt ~ Scotch Whisky News

Laphroaig 33 Year Old “Ian Hunter Book #3” Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

The third volume in Laphroaig’s fifteen-part series, “Ian Hunter Book #3: Source Protector”, pays homage to Ian Hunter, the last member of Johnston family (Laphroaig’s founding family) to own and operate the distillery. A truly unique character, Hunter’s leadership spanned from 1908 to 1944. This volume spins the yarn of his bold purchase of disputed land leading up to the source of Kirkbride Stream—ensuring the distillery would remain steam-powered. This limited-edition release consists of a 1987 vintage distillation, aged for 33 years in ex-bourbon barrels. Non-chill ­filtered.

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Sullivans Cove *UPCOMING RELEASE* DOUBLE CASK DC111 – Tasmanian Whisky News


“All one would hope and dream for in a Double Cask: thick, silky, malty, full of stone fruit, and a distinct Autumnal vibe. The higher ABV of 50.3% in this marriage is noteworthy here: this dram has broad shoulders, and can take water well: expect more fruit.”

– Heather Tillott, Distillery Manager

Cask Details

Our Double Cask series offers our team the opportunity to draw on a wide variety of casks to create whiskies of great character and complexity.

Double Cask batch DC111 is a marriage of selections from ten casks, including whisky from American and French oak casks which have previously been used to mature Tawny, Bourbon, white wine and red wine, with ages ranging from 7 to 20 years old.


DC111 will be available to purchase via ballot on Thursday, 27 January 2022. The ballot will be open for 24 hours from 10AM Hobart time on 27 January. Further details, with a link to enter the ballot will be sent via email prior to the ballot opening.

A note on our ballot system. 

Our policy is one entry per person, per household. Our fraud detection algorithm detects multiple entries and removes them to ensure our whisky lands in the hands of our genuine supporters, so to ensure your entry counts, please enter once only. If you have any questions around our ballot process, you can email us at Successful entries will be notified shortly after the ballot closes.

The Whisky Shop “Our favourite Speyside Drams 💫” – Speyside Whisky News


Single Malt Scotch Whisky!

Some of our Speyside Favourites

Speyside is a ‘sub-region’ of the Scottish Highlands, named as such due to the large number of Scotch whisky distilleries in a comparatively small area. In fact, there are 84 working distilleries in Speyside, including the world’s most famous and popular: Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Macallan. From this region, the style of whisky produced has altered significantly over time, and thus there are a wide range of whiskies displaying different characters that are available to enjoy.

A traditional Speyside single malt whisky would not be dissimilar to a Highland whisky, with a robust character and hints of the well known peated flavour. However in recent times, expressions have become lighter and sweeter, lacking the peaty punch of the Islay and Highland Drams. Due to Speysides location and low mineral content in the water, the whiskies are normally very low in peat, if not totally unpeated. There are certainly no definitive rules as to the characteristics of Speyside whisky, especially as age often brings increased body and most are matured in either ex-bourbon or ex-sherry casks, which adds a lot of strong flavours.

It can definitely be said that Speyside whiskies are subtle and for this reason tend to be a great ‘entry level whisky’ for those beginning to discover their tastes when it comes to drinking single malts. We certainly believe that there’s a dram for everyone in Speyside!

Black Button Empire Rye Whiskey Review

By Richard Thomas

Rating: B

Black Button Empire Rye Whiskey
(Credit: Black Button Distilling)

One of the best outcomes of American whiskey becoming a truly national industry, with distilleries producing coast to coast for the first time in our history, is the creation of so many regional styles and appellations. One such is Empire Rye, a New York State appellation created by a growing alliance of several craft distillers. When the category was first announced in 2015, I was a little dubious about Empire Rye. That was because the folks behind it stated quite clearly that they interested in allowing member distillers to express their creativity, rather than restricting them by creating a regional style. Since the point of an appellation is to define and protect regional styles, I wondered what–beyond marketing–would the point be?

Then I took a closer look at Empire Rye’s standards, and three features jumped out. First was the requirement that all Empire Ryes be straight whiskeys. The two year minimum age requirement automatically rules out the use of small and tiny barrels, since these would over-oak the whiskey in that time span. Another is the maximum entry proof of 115, below the Federal maximum of 125 proof. Finally, there is the grain requirement that above and beyond the New York State craft requirement that 75% of the total grain be sourced from the state, Empire Ryes are make that 75% all rye. This means Empire Rye whiskeys cannot be low rye, Kentucky style whiskeys. When you add it all up, it’s a distinctive style indeed.

One such rye is from Rochester’s Black Button Distilling, a craft distiller that The Whiskey Reviewer has been covering since the days when all they had to sell was legal moonshine. In Black Button’s case, the mash bill is 94% rye and 6% malted barley (presumably to ensure no one mistakes it for the ubiquitous MGP-sourced 95% rye), and it’s bottled at 84 proof.

The Whiskey
A pour of Black Button Empire Rye takes on a light amber coloring in the glass. The nose from that pour carries the scent of the coarse-milled rye grain used to make pumpernickel coupled to vanilla. The flavor follows in this vein: pumpernickel rye, vanilla, a grain of pepper and a pinch of charcoal. The finish is a light one, starting out sweet and spicy, but fading fast onto that grain of pepper. This is a straightforward rye whiskey, but tasty and easy drinking.

The Whiskey
Expect to pay $70 to $75.

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