1993 Glenmorangie Ealanta 19 Year Old Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1124568

It's getting to the point where the annual Glenmorangie special edition release is personally my most anticipated whisky of the year. The peated Finealta from two years back was a splendid release, super refined and very lithe on the palate. Last year's Artein was simply magical - it was easily in my top three favorites of the year. 2013 brings us another slam dunk, gotta-have-it, masterpiece release with the Ealanta: a 19 year old whisky aged in new oak from Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest. While that may not sound too interesting to the average whisky fan, it is very unusual for single malt whisky to see new wood - especially charred. American Bourbon must always be aged in new oak barrels, but Scottish single malt is almost exclusively aged in ex-Bourbon or ex-Sherry casks, which have already been seasoned with a previous liquid. The barrels used to age the Ealanta were air-dried for over two years, but were never used otherwise. The resulting flavors are not foreign, but they are intensified. The richness is richer, the oak spice is spicier, and the vanilla is creamier. This is absolutely one of the most polished whiskies I have ever tasted from Dr. Bill. There's nothing fancy going on with the Ealanta - it's simply perfect single malt whisky. Flawless. Round, robust, intriguing, with lovely baking spices and candied orange peel on the finish. I can't imagine anyone - either new to single malt or a chiseled veteran - not adoring the Ealanta. A true must-buy.

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2013 | Send Email
This Glenmorangie Ealanta is soft and round and very easy to drink. There are nice bourbon like aromas followed by flavors of rich malt, vanilla, spice and a nice long finish.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2013 | Send Email
This is a very unusual Highland and unusually good. The Glenmorangie Ealanta has a bright gold color and a surprisingly fresh nose that reminded me immidieatly of a vanilla cake coming out of the oven with its sexy barrel spice. This whisky has great sweetness on the palate and an exotic finish that caught me by surprise... I was blown away to find cumin flavors on the end, and impressed with the overall balance of this 19 year old. Great stuff!

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Alcohol Content (%): 46