Glenmorangie Ealanta is the fourth annual release in their Private Editions range. It was named the Best Whisky of the Year in 2013 by whiskey expert Jim Murray, author of the book named Whisky Bible (2013), an annual guide that ranks more than 4,500 whiskies (checkout the 2014 edition of the Whiskey Bible (2014) for more great recommendations).
This single malt was fully matured in specially sourced, heavily toasted new white oak casks from Missouri's Ozark Mountains. The distillery owns an oak forest in the Ozark Mountains and typically leases out the newly made barrels to Jack Daniels to be filled with bourbon for four years. Afterwards the bourbon-aged casks make their way to Glenmorangie to mature their spirit. In this case, the use of virgin oak makes for an intriguing light whiskey. The palate is smooth and delicate on the mouth but the flavor profile has the complexity of an aged whiskey.
Aroma: Orange zest, honey, light and fruity
Taste: Complex, more orange, peach, a touch of vanilla, surprisingly bold
Finish: fades slowly, somewhat strong, oak flavor lingers
Verdict: Yes! Originally $120 a bottle, it is a bit on the pricey side but well worth it. If you can still find it at this price buy more than one, you won’t regret it.
As always, remember to enjoy responsibly.