Superb malt, in a style that's unique to this distillery.
Awarded Best Single Malt Scotch 19-24 Year Old Category at the International Whisky Competition 2019
A duty free edition that references the earlier Ealanta (both being 19 year olds matured exclusively in American oak barrels). Chosen in part by Brendan McCarron, Glenmorangie’s Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks, the resulting whisky showcases the soft, smooth character for which Glenmorangie is renowned while preserving a surprising liveliness. “Often, a longer maturation will tone down a spirit’s more perfumed notes,” said McCarron, “But this retains a wonderful vibrancy and zest.”
If you're a 'Morangie fan, you need to try this. In Jim Murray's words, it's "fresh, subtle and sophisticated" (94 points). It's also a once-off shipment. If you can afford more than one, limited editions from this distillery have a tendency to accrue value. (The last Ealanta we sold went for $700). Get it at the opening price while you can.
Tasting note: Flawless bright gold / dazzles in the glass. Draws you in with a sultry bouquet that’s floral-soft, creamy and fruity yet fresh, developing with hints of straw, honey, citrus oils and toasted grains. Five minutes of swirling and air contact releases delightful scents of poached pear, pastry and vanilla. The superb aroma is matched by a wonderful delicacy in the mouth: A super-pure malty entry that dovetails into bitter dark chocolate and hints of orange curacao. Oily to finish then deceptively long. Multifaceted and very polished. Classic.
Other reviews… Light fruit ensures an ethereal feel totally making a mockery of nearly two decades in the cask: fresh, subtle and sophisticated; the most brittle and vulnerable malt I have experienced from this distillery. Every note is gossamer thin, the grist can fracture at any moment; the delicate fruit shatter into millions of pieces if you chew too hard…bitters…? Fruit or malty…? I can’t decide …but then I don’t think for a moment that you’re supposed to be able to.
94 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2018
43% ABV | 1000ml
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