ABV: 46 %
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 0
Emptied bottles: 1
Nose: This is very sweet and fruity. At first there’s a thick sweet layer of honey, vanilla and ripe banana sitting on top of a fruitier background with tropical fruits and a white wine sourness. An ethanol cloud is sitting on top of everything and gives it a cooling effect. There are small hints of baking spices in the back, as well as a maltiness. With time in the glass it becomes sweeter and the wine finish becomes more pronounced. This is a nice nose, but it leans a bit heavy towards the sweet notes up front and feels a bit unbalanced.
Mouth: It starts out extremely sweet and a bit malty. It’s filled with overripe bananas, ripe green grapes and a generic sweetness. It’s somewhat dusty and everything still feels very much like it’s in your face. The background consists of the sweet white wine and it produces a sharp metallic lemon note in the back. Somewhere in between some tropical fruits do show up for those who are patient.
Finish: It starts out with malt and honey and then move quickly towards the fruitiness. It still has those sweet overripe bananas and grapes, but the tropical fruitiness soon takes over. The fruitiness is intertwined with the oakiness and together they take over completely. The oakiness is great. It’s nutty with just a hint of bitterness. The finish is by far the best part of the entire journey. This is a good dessert whisky and the narrative around cake is fitting. It’s not a dram for every occasion though.
A Tale of Cake was released in 2020 as a limited edition bottling. It’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in hungarian Tokaji casks.