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Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake, the whiskey to drink with the cake – Italian Cuisine

Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake, the whiskey to drink with the cake


Aged in Tokaji barrels, this special limited edition whiskey is perfect as an accompaniment to cakes and desserts

A whiskey as a snack it might seem a bit risky idea. Yet this is the provocative and – honestly – fun prospect that the latest proposal from the house Glenmorangie is able to suggest: the new limited edition single malt, christened Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake, is in fact a spirit specially designed to accompany cakes, pastries and the like. Perfect for after dinner, therefore, as well as potentially for all the sweetest moments of the day.

The whiskey of the party

The cake, on the other hand, has always been synonymous with celebration, joy, sharing with loved ones. Dr. Bill Lumsden, director of creation of Glenmorangie, who thus tried to encapsulate that magical, happy and greedy atmosphere in a bottle of single malt. To do this, he thought of having the whiskey complete the maturation in barrels of Tokaji: superimposing the sweet notes and the honey scents of the famous Hungarian wine with the fruity and delicate character of Glenmorangie, A Tale of Cake was born. A whiskey with a very particular complexity, where honey meets white chocolate, ripe fruit, a hint of mint.

What to expect

The explosion of colors of the Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake package anticipates the intense copper color of the whiskey once poured into the glass. The nose is complex, rich and multilayered, with hints of passion fruit, peach, pear, mango. In the mouth, however, more flavorful notes can be identified such as bread, oak wood and a curious one minerality, to then continue with the most characteristic features of Glenmorangie such as honeycomb, vanilla and almond, with a pinch of milk chocolate. An advice? Try it also with a splash of water (or an ice cube, on the rocks), to notice the spicy notes of apricot, elderflower, honey and peach syrup.

Because it is suitable for cakes

On the palate, therefore, there is a succulent and sour sensation at the same time, which leads to an explosion of sweet flavors, similar to candy, ranging from honey, white chocolate, apricot, almond, vanilla and pear. To balance it all, a pinch of orange and menthol, both classic Glenmorangie flavors. Finally, the aftertaste gives notes of chocolate almonds and pecans. A bouquet that can therefore fully recall the ingredients of one real cake, and that for this reason it is able to guarantee an excellent combination with the world of sweets. It is no coincidence that Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake was launched on the Italian market in collaboration with the renowned Cova pastry shop in Milan.

The strange story of Scotch whiskey made in Italy – Italian Cuisine


The rebirth of Scotch whiskey passes through barrels of Marsala and Passito di Pantelleria. But it is not true that you need to be an expert to appreciate a good Scotch. Word of the start-up Dream Whiskey

"Staying at home is the new going out", the trend was rampant even before the pandemic danger, but like any trend it is nothing more than the return of an old fashion. At first restaurants and clubs were only for occasions and friends were invited to their home, for lunch or dinner, and later the coffee killer was offered. Sherry or old man, it was customary to have at least a few bottles at home to receive and end the evening with. In the 1980s, television was crowded with alcohol advertisements that promised the "full taste of life" and saw the birth of Milan to drink. Grappas, bitters, fernet were popular products, but even then the whiskey was for connoisseurs, those who knew how to recognize with their eyes closed the "light color, clean taste" of their favorite brand. The collective imagination stopped there, the yuppies, the gift bottles and a world that no longer exists. Because instead whiskey lives a new youth, especially in Italy and thanks to the Italians.

The old Italy-Scotland link

Scotland and Italy in terms of whiskey have much more in common than one might think. One example above all: the J&B whiskey brand was founded by a Bolognese, that Giusterini became Justerini, and even the mother of Guglielmo Marconi (he, the inventor of the radio) was Irish and his surname was Jameson, daughter of the founder of the Dublin distillery of the same name. Not even Italian whiskey is new: in the 1930s many Italian distilleries began to import whiskey and label it as Italian, to circumvent autarky, and in 2012 inaugurated the Puni distillery in Val Venosta, which works with barley malt , rye malt and wheat malt. But there is more, and the made in Italy in the case of whiskey is a matter of taste.

Italian talent scouts

In Scotland there were essentially two professions: the distillers, who produced whiskey, and those who made the blends, that is, bought spirits from different producers and mixed them together. He is an Italian who in 1968 invents a new professional figure, the selector, who buys, bottles and labels a product with his own name. Silvano Samaroli, from Bologna, becomes a name in the sector and opens the way to various "talent scouts" who are now a real phenomenon, even in Italy. A Milanese case is that of Dream Whiskey, start-up of Marco Maltagliati, passionate and great connoisseur, and of partner Federico Mazzieri, degree in economics, master of specialization in food and wine and previous experiences in food multinational. Their idea: to democratize Scotch Whiskey.

We Italians like Scotch, Single Malt

We Italians are not big drinkers of spirits, we prefer wine and beer. According to the IWSR 2019 report for Italy, if the whiskey category makes up 8% of the Italian spirits market, scotch whiskey represents 3/4 of all the whiskey consumed in Italy. The value in 2019 of these exports was almost 60 million pounds, up 9%, and among the Scotch the Single Malts market recorded particularly positive results and the value of exports increased by 25%, proving the presence of attentive consumers interested in higher quality products. This thanks to a historical relationship, but also to the work of Scottish Development International, a government agency with offices in over 40 countries that supports trade and investment, including Italy.

The dream of democratizing Scotch whiskey

«Scotch is perceived as difficult, elitist. It seems you have to have some preparation, be a connoisseur. But it is the Italian vision. In Scotland it is different, it is part of the local culture, it is a popular product and has a close link with nature, the territory, craftsmanship ", explains Francesco. There are many multinationals such as Diageo that have taken over the distilleries that had closed or were in crisis in the 1980s, reopening them and putting them back into production, but alongside the big names, new independent realities gradually emerge; with a phenomenon comparable to that which occurred in Italy for micro craft breweries. "The Scottish specification is tight, the method has remained the traditional one, but it is the barrel and the aging that make the real magic", Marco explains to me. "Whiskey ages in a magical land, that of castles and dragons, knights and princesses, in the midst of unspoiled nature and with perfect weather conditions", alias rain and terrible humidity. The traditional warehouses where the barrels are left are made of stone, have a floor in the ground and two windows for natural ventilation. But wood is the protagonist, and research is done by looking for Italian barrels (of Marsala, Passito, Barolo and important wines) and using them to refine Scotch whiskey. Marco and Francesco travel all over Scotland in search of special barrels, and bottle them individually. The goal is to simplify, with annual collections comparable to those of fashion. To date they have released as Dream n ° 1, aged 10 years in an ex bourbon cask, and Dream n ° 2, aged 7 years: the first 6 in an ex bourbon cask and the last in a Madeira cask (also available online ).

Whiskey is young

To break the mold, however, in addition to the bottles, a different relationship with the product is needed. You can read the blog in Italian Angel's Share, active since 2009 and very up to date, to participate in tastings or trade fairs. Dream Whiskey organizes guided tastings, very different from those "for connoisseurs only", and trips to Scotland in which to discover the field of distilleries, bars, territories and whiskey culture. «Whiskey is rejuvenated, explains Giuseppe Gervasio Dolci, creator and organizer of the Milan Whiskey Festival (the most important dedicated Italian event). «Over 50% of the visitors are children under 35, also thanks to the social networks that have brought young people closer. Single Malt is made to be tasted in purity, it is a complex distillate, but with the revival of cocktail bars and the culture of drinking, an excellent product like this is also being mixed; even if at the counter it is bourbon and blend that dominate it . What about women? «Many women.

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Whiskey, whiskey or bourbon? Mini-guide

Whiskey is generally a cereal distillate. Malt whiskey those based only on barley, but there are also rye whiskeys produced with a prevalence of rye or bourbon whiskeys, with at least 51% of corn. Scotch whiskey is only the one produced in Scotland aged in cask for at least three years (in Scotland it cannot be produced in a different way, as required by Parliament's Scotch Whiskey Act). Whiskey, however, being a distillate of cereals, can be produced all over the world, in fact there are whiskeys produced in Ireland and the USA, and Japanese, Indian, French, Scandinavian (and even Italian) whiskeys. The most widespread category in the world is that of Blended scotch whiskey, that is a product obtained from different cereals and by mixing whiskey from different distilleries. The Single Malt instead come from a single distillery that distills only barley, while the Sigk Cask come from a single barrel, the finest. Scotland distinguishes five regions of whiskey production, each one different in climate and landscape, and therefore in its final taste. The smell of peat? Obtained from the smoking of barley, a typical process of areas such as the Isle of Skye and Islay rich in peat.

Game of Thrones, the whiskey collection inspired by the Casate – Italian Cuisine

Game of Thrones, the whiskey collection inspired by the Casate


If previously it was only possible to pre-order them on the Amazon, Vino75 and whiskyshop.it sites, the new Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Diageo arrived on the shelves in Italy, in the selected wine shops

Eight single malts, each for each of the Houses of Westeros. If previously it was only possible to preorder it on the Amazon sites, Vino75 and whiskyshop.it, now the new collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Diageo inspired by Game of Thrones it is also available in Italy in the best selected wine shops. It is a limited edition, signed by Diageo in partnership with HBO, to celebrate the eighth and last season of the TV series that appeals to the public, but also to critics.

And then, here is Game of Thrones House Greyjoy, House Lannister, House Stark, House Tully, House Targaryen, The Night's Watch, House Baratheon and House Tyrell.

"We are very happy that the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whiskey collection is finally on the shelf all over the world", explains Pedro Mendonca, Global Reserve Marketing & Malts Director. "Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows in the world. It's exciting to be able to offer fans in so many countries the chance to celebrate the last season with these fantastic whiskeys. Who choose the specific whiskey of a house or the whole range to collect will taste top quality products, thanks to Diageo and his best Scottish distilleries, Confirmed Jeff Peters, Vice President, Licensing & Retail of HBO.

Houses and distilleries, the same spirit

Each of the Diageo distilleries in Scotland represents, just like the houses of the continent of Westeros, unique and distinctive characteristics of its territory. For example, the coupled Targaryen- Cardhu Gold Reserve is characterized by the female leadership spirit of Daenerys Targaryen: the Cardhu distillery, in fact, was founded by Helen Cumming and her daughter-in-law Elizabeth in 1800, a period when the whiskey industry was almost entirely in the hands of men. And again, the combination between the house Baratheon and Royal Lochnagar aged 12 years: as Robert Baratheon who ruled all Seven Kingdoms on the Iron Throne, the Royal Lochnagar was considered a whiskey worthy of a royal family: he had been granted a Royal Warrant after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the distillery in 1848.

Cocktails
The Single Malt Scotch Whiskey from Game of Thrones can also be mixed in special cocktails. Here are three: The Salt Throne, Robert's Rebellion and The Unburnt.

The Salt Throne
Ingredients: 50 ml of Talisker – House Greyjoy, 20 ml of lemon juice, 10 ml of sugar syrup, a pinch of sea salt, seaweed for decoration

Preparation: put all the ingredients in a shaker with ice cubes, use the strainer twice pouring into a cocktail glass.

Robert's Rebellion
Ingredients: 50 ml of Royal Lochnagar – House Baratheon, 10 ml of sweet Vermouth, 20 ml of Cherry Heering, 30 ml of Beetroot juice, 10 ml of lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Preparation: add all the ingredients in a shaker and shake slightly, use the strainer twice pouring the drink in a cup or goblet garnish with salt and pepper.

The Unburnt
Ingredients: 40 ml of Cardhu – House Targaryen, 20 ml of Sauterne, 5 ml of sugar syrup, an addition of Ginger Bitter, a large cube of ice with golden coloring

Preparation: add all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice cubes, mix and pour with the strain into a small jug containing the block of colored ice.

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