Whisky Focus - Glenmorangie Ealanta

Glenmorangie Ealanta

18th January 2013
Glenmorangie Ealanta, a limited edition 1993 vintage 19 year old whisky with an American twist.

Glenmorangie have announced the 4th addition to there popular Private Edition range, the Glenmorangie Ealanta (Scots Gaelic for ‘skilled and ingenious’) is a 19 year old expression of Glenmorangie which has been fully matured in virgin American white oak casks with a provenance that stretches all the way to the mountains of Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forest.

As most of you here already will know the type of cask used to mature Scotch whisky has a major part to play in the final flavour of the whisky and the use of virgin oak casks is quite unusual as most American oak casks used in the Scotch whisky industry have usually previously contained bourbon. Therefore the interaction of the delicate Glenmorangie floral spirit from their very tall stills directly with this ‘virgin’ wood should make for many intriguing flavours.

Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's Distilling and Whisky Creation Director commented, "New wood also imparts a purity of flavour that I think many Glenmorangie aficionados will find an interesting divergence from our previous Private Edition releases.

"Using virgin oak casks that have been heavily toasted adds huge mouth-filling, buttery, creamy, vanilla flavours – somewhat like a crème brulée topped with almond and marzipan. This makes for a lovely rounded and complex expression of Glenmorangie."

The Glenmorangie Ealanta marks the fourth release in the ongoing Glenmorangie Private Edition Range, previous releases were; the very highly rated Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX - a full bodied whisky, extra matured in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, followed by the Glenmorangie Finealta - an exquisite recreation of a 1900s recipe from the Glenmorangie archives with subtle notes of peat, and last year’s release of Glenmorangie Artein which was extra matured in rare Tuscan wine casks.

Bottled at a strength of 46%, and non chill-filtered for extra texture and mouth feel, the Glenmorangie Ealanta is available globally from January 2013. The Ealanta has an  RRP of £74.99 which is a not a bad price for a Glenmorangie limited release of this age.

Glenmorangie Ealanta is now available to buy from The Whisky Exchange

Glenmorangie Ealanta Tasting Notes

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Glenmorangie Ealanta has a soft toffee and butterscotch aroma, then vanilla and a curious strong hint of stewed fruits with a hallmark Glenmorangie top note of menthol.

Taste: Candied orange peel, sugar coated almonds and sweet vanilla are to the fore, wrapped in an unusual nuttiness reminiscent of Brazil nuts in toffee.

Finish: Very long with virgin oak derived spices such as clove, ginger and a hint of aniseed.

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