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The balance between sweet and savory from Scotland’s tallest barrels

The creative intervention of man on what nature prepares: how the latest limited edition Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake was born – and the creation of the Cova pastry shop

The Scottish Highlands are the lands north of an imaginary line running from the east coast near Perth to the west coast north of Dumbarton. Here locals produce scotch with different characteristics and flavors depending on the area. The source of  water required for production comes from the rivers;  the abundance of barley does the rest. The earliest document in which there is a hint of a spirit distilled from barley in Scotland is a register from 1494. It is mentioned in the context where King James IV permitted Friar John Corr to make the aqua vitae from ‘eight bolls’ (The ‘boll’ was an ancient Scottish equivalent measure about 25 kg). Four centuries later, in 1843, William Matheson founded the Glenmorangie Distillery in the Scottish Highlands. Inspired by the Distillery’s surroundings on the banks of the Dornoch Firth, he brought forth a single malt whisky. The brand is a part of the LVMH group; it has presented the latest limited edition single malt whiskey, A Tale of Cake.  

Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Glenmorangie’s Director of Creation, has contained in this bottle the memories of his family linked to a cake – the one he made with his grandmother and the upside-down pineapple cake prepared by his daughter. Ph.D. in biochemistry and an award from the International Whiskey Competition as Master Distiller of the Year, the label is familiar with transforming imagination into whiskey – a cup of coffee (Glenmorangie Signet), a day in Madeira (Glenmorangie Bacalta), a barley field near the distillery (Glenmorangie Allta). In collaboration with the Milanese Pasticceria Cova – founded in 1817 and part of LVMH since 2013 – the pâtisserie created a cake which in color and taste is a variation of A Tale of Cake. This work by Eduardo Gadda, the Executive Chef of Pasticceria Cova, is made of 70% chocolate, caramel toffee, creamy with orange, crunchy, and Maldon salt biscuit.

The tall stills in Glenmorangie distillery
THE TALL STILLS IN GLENMORANGIE DISTILLERY

The maturation of A Tale of Cake took place in Tokaj barrels to create a balance of sweet and fruity flavors. Tokaj is a dessert wine from the Hungarian region of the same name created from grapes with noble rot. The noble rot (Botrytis cinerea) occurs in humid conditions, causing grapes to wither and concentrate their sugars. Lumsden bought a few barrels to experiment with and later to employ this method for his creation. This is the last phase of a process that begins with distillation in the Glenmorangie copper stills, the highest in Scotland; the necks – the same height as a giraffe – carry the whiskey on a longer hike upwards , giving a more delicate flavor. The aging took place in bourbon barrels, which adds the citrus complexity typical of Glenmorangie.

The Tarlogie Springs is Glenmorangie’s water source situated in the Tarlogie Hills above the distillery. It is the product of rain that has been forcing its way through layers of limestone and sandstone, providing natural minerals with  ‘hardness’ and ‘rawness’. Highland Grain Ltd, a co-operative of farmers in the area, supplies barley grain. The spirit is distilled in Scotland’s tallest stills even today, matured in the casks and by The Men of Tain – the select artisans entrusted with the secrets of our distillery. Glenmorangie uses several different cask types, with all products being matured in white oak casks which are manufactured from trees growing in Glenmorangie’s forest in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, United States.

Glenmorangie has been on the international Spirit ratings with high evaluation, receiving silver medals at San Francisco World Spirits Competition with two products – 12-year Lasanta and 18-single malt spirits. International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) has also awarded the brand with the title of the Distiller of the Year in 2012. With a list of achievements, Glenmorangie merges heritage with recipe experiments. 

Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake 2 ©Antinori 1
GLENMORANGERIE, A TALE OF CAKE

Starting from October 28th and for a whole month it will be possible to buy both the bottle of Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake and the Glenmo Cake in Via Montenapoleone, 8 and its covathome home delivery service – by sending an email to [email protected] or via Whatsapp at 3703627923.


Glenmorangie
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Glenmorangie Distillery
Ross-shire, IV19 1PZ

Pasticceria Cova
Via Monte Napoleone, 8
20121 Milano MI
02 7600 5599

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