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The Glenmorangie Ealanta is the 2013 addition to the existing award winning Private Edition range which are fast becoming collectors’ items and joins the other whiskies in the range, the Sonnalta PX, Finealta and Artein.
Ealanta is Scots Gaelic for “skilled and ingenious” and this particular malt whisky is a 19 Years Old Glenmorangie, matured exclusively in virgin American white oak casks from the Mark Twain National Forest in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri.
Dr. Bill Lumsden, the Company’s Distilling and Whisky Creation Director said, “It’s no secret in our industry that it’s the ‘wood that makes the whisky’ and for many years my team and I have been carrying out detailed research in this area.” Ealanta is an experiment dating from the early 1990s. The casks selected from oaks of the Mark Twain National Forest were absolutely top quality and were unusual in that they had not previously held any liquor, such as bourbon.
“The interaction of our elegant spirit from our very tall stills directly with this ‘virgin’ wood makes for many intriguing flavours,” said Dr. Lumsden. “Using virgin oak casks that have been heavily toasted adds huge mouth-filling, buttery, creamy, vanilla flavours – somewhat like a crème brulee topped with almond and marzipan. This makes for a lovely rounded and complex expression of Glenmorangie. 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.”
Brian Cox , Vice President of Glenmorangie, added: “The superior quality of our whisky comes from the great yet unseen lengths that we go to in crafting our precious spirit. Traversing continents in search of the finest wood for our casks is a true illustration of our commitment to quality,” said . “Dr. Lumsden and his team’s uncompromising attention to detail has produced an exceptional body of tastes that will surely please even the most ardent whisky connoisseur.”
Glenmorangie Ealanta Tasting Notes
(46% & chill-filtered for extra texture and mouth feel):
Nose: Glenmorangie Ealanta has a soft toffee and butterscotch aroma, followed by vanilla and a curious strong hint of stewed fruits with a hallmark Glenmorangie top note of menthol.
Palate: 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: The finish is long with virgin oak derived spices such as clove, ginger and a hint of aniseed.
More information can be obtained from Mark at:-
EDENCROFT FINE WINES
8-10 Hospital Street
Tel: 01270 629 975
Mob: 07974 650 998