Tasting Notes: Glenmorangie Ealanta
Vital Stats: 46% ABV (92 proof), distilled in 1993 and bottled in 2013, 100% malted barley, discontinued and long since sold out, yet some retailers currently offer the release at around $300-$400 per 750ml bottle. Yup. Ouch.
Appearance: Vibrant amber in hue. Strong, oily legs which cling to the glass for a decent amount of time.
Nose: An interesting nose with a few pleasant contradictions to keep things lively. Both fruity and somewhat spicy with a little graininess mixed in for good measure. There is a softness and boldness mingling in the air just above the glass. Decent amount of cinnamon early on with very subtle oak and big note of soft butterscotch candies in wax paper, and butter melting on a warm sourdough biscuit. A nose so clean you could eat dinner off of it.
Palate: Unmistakably Glenmorangie. Sweet. Full, yet delicate. Slight bitterness in just the right measure to balance everything out. There is a cinnamon-roasted almond note throughout which has become somewhat of a trademark element in middle-aged Glenmorangie releases in my own experience. I find it quite welcome. The familiar Glenmorangie citrus zest is also present. Not nearly as oaky as one might expect, the years have mellowed the dram.
The finish is enjoyably long and soft. There are a few spice notes which whisper their presence late, but never speak up enough to derail the sweet and definitively drinkable dram.
Final Thoughts & Score/Buy A Bottle:
Buy NowGlenmorangie Ealanta is single malt of distinction and quality, to be sure. I found the entire presentation to be quite enjoyable, the rather cumbersome accompanying literature notwithstanding. In fact, I keep referring to Ealanta as “a bit of a stunner” in my mind. Being named World Whisky of the Year in 2014 unceremoniously strips the release of any claim to dark horse status, which is honestly a bit of a shame. The price it currently fetches on the secondary market as a result is flatly ridiculous.
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