Glenmorangie Ealanta Single Malt Scotch Whisky is the fourth annual release in the Glenmorangie Private Edition range. Gaelic for 'skilled and ingenious', Ealanta is 19 years old and has been fully matured in virgin American white oak casks from the mountains of Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forest.The porous oak wood, air-dried for over 2 years, but in this instance never seasoned with any other whisky, allows the spirit to extract maximum flavours as nature intended - producing a whisky of incredible taste and smoothness, with layers of vanilla and candied orange peel, interwoven with sugar coated almonds. Toffee, butterscotch, vanilla and stewed fruit flavours combine with a classic Glenmorangie mentholic top-note, interwoven with an unusual nuttiness, reminiscent of Brazil nuts in toffee.Jim Murray gave the whisky a 97.5/100, naming it the best whisky of 2014. Glenmorangies stills are famed for producing a light, fruity and almost zesty spirit, and this characteristic is turned up in this release.
Nose: Sweet Citrus, plenty of orange zest.
Palate: Candied orange, tropical fruit, a touch of vanilla, and an all-pervading sweetness that leaves you in absolutely no doubt about the fact that this has come from fresh oak
Finish: The fruit begins to fade, and gives way to a familiar high-note of dried figs. The taste goes on and on, finally giving way to some oak-derived spices - clove, ginger and a hint of aniseed.
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- 19 Year Old