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Launched in 2013, Glenmorangie Ealanta is an astonishing single malt which comes from the distillery's superb range of wood experiments. In this case, however, the whisky was fully matured in specially sourced, heavily toasted new white oak casks from Missouri's Ozark mountains. It was named "Ealanta" for the Gaelic for "skilled" and "ingenious".
Jim Murray clearly felt the name was apt as he named it his World Whisky of the Year for 2014.
Nose: All about Orange Zest. The ethereal long necks of Glenmorangie’s stills are famed for producing a light, fruity and almost zesty spirit, and this characteristic is turned up to 11 in this release. You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d just been handed an old-fashioned cocktail.
Palate: Yet more 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: This is where the maturity starts to shine through. The complex ethereal nature of the fruit begins to fade, and gives way to a familiar high-note of rancio and dried figs.
Overall: Yes. This is my kind of whisky. Big, brash, packed full of flavour, and not in any way hiding from - or apologising for - what it is.
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Have worked my tail off tracking down a few bottles in the US. Simply a great Scotch.
27th January 2016
virgin oak matured whisky creates something unique in the flavor that i've not the skill to describe... the unknown flavor is delicious in any case; and this is an excellent whisky.
2nd February 2014
Big fan of Glenmorangie and Macallan. This is my favorite after Macallan 18. Very smooth flavor profile.
9th December 2013
Heavily charred virgin white american oak from start to finish? 19 years? Non chill filtered? Not tainted, changed, seasoned or finished by anything other than a single malt, virgin oak and time? Stunning, brilliant and as clean, pure and honest as whisky gets.
13th November 2013
on my third bottle of this. Although I am more of a peat fan than the Speysides and highlands, but I love this whisky. it has become my fav everyday drink (along with any one of the many Ardbegs out there) and i would suggest at least giving this a try....
14th June 2013
Ealanta is a solid and quite interesting whisky and definitely packs a lot of taste. A lot of fruit/citrus, and nice and heavy finish. Having said that - I am not blown away and prefer some of the more "simple" Glenmorangies.
10th June 2013
To be fair, I like this whisky. I just don't think it's "astonishing" and hesitate to pay $125 or more plus tax, which is the average street price in Dallas, Texas. The candied fruits, vanilla and spice are unquestionably appealing. It reminded me of the gingerbread pound cake loaf thing that Starbucks sells around the Christmas holiday, which I think is delicious. Finish is good. Mouth feel is nice. If Glenmorangie hadn't introduced this at such a high price, I would go for it.
8th February 2013