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Glenmorangie Ealanta

Overall rating
88.48/100
votes
332
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Edition
Vintage
1993
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Missouri White Oak Casks
Number of bottles
4500
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L1229608:556ML
Barcode
5010494912784
Added on
05 Jan 2013 2:00 pm
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 380.99

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332 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Ealanta

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.48 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017]  I bought this bottle for 71 Euro in January, 2013.  This is the bottling that introduced "virgin oak" maturation to scotch whisky and Jim Murray (who prefers anyhow Bourbon over Scotch) hyped this release as "Whisky of the Year 2014".  It is much closer to a Bourbon than to a Glenmorangie with its excessive vanilla-driven profile and heavy wooden notes that dominate a little too much (for me).  Why the hell did they start such a strange experiment?  The reason is quite simple:  When the scotch whisky boom took off the US whisky industry was in deep recession (remember subprime loans and Lehman Brothers?) and had to cut back its production significantly due to shrinking customer demand (the American middle class could not afford to buy as much whisky as in the past).

    Guess what happened:  The Scots needed more used bourbon casks for their increased production but the Americans produced less and less casks per year.  So what to do as a Scotch distillery?  Two simple things:   First you cut down on maturation times to use the same cask more often (a cask can mature twice as much of a 5 year old whisky than of a 10 year old) - that is why all the NAS (no age statement) editions now flood the market.

    If this does not solve your cask shortage problem you have to use additional new, never used before casks (the same way as the bourbon distilleries do) and create a new Scotch category of "virgin oak matured whisk(e)ys".  And if even that is not enough then you simply mix this virgin matured spirit into your standard products (of course these products taste differently after that, and surely not to the better).  You do not believe me?  Simply compare recent Ardbeg or Laphroaig batches to bottlings about 10 years ago - I bet you will taste the difference...Of course no one will tell you all this background info, the marketing guys and girls create nice stories instead why this is all perfect to us, the customers.  But I have one question to the Scotch whisky industry:  If you offer me a Scotch that tastes like a Bourbon - why should I not switch to Bourbon at all?
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  2. GJR scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  3. Docmacwhisky scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Jim Murray has awarded 97.5 points to the Ealanta. "Something approaching one of the best whiskies of my lifetime is the result...".

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: at first, it would be almost a bourbon! First on cherries with brandy, it warms to orange. The wood arrives late but it is more and more perfumed. Palate: Superbly intense, on wood and orange! Nice dose of spices. Light enough in texture, however. Finale: long and sweet orange. Reminiscent reminiscence of spices. Magnificent.
    Enthusiasm 5/5

  5. Spits scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful Virgin Oak Whisky, the price is still very ambitious, nevertheless, Glenmo proves what they can if they want (all this now for 60-80, -, the signet please also) ...
    • Nose
      Clear Virgin Oak notes, beautiful honey, honey melon, orange peel, fine caramel and vanilla, some green apple in the background with white pepper, also recognizable light malt, mixed with the toffee
    • Taste
      Very silky and creamy, then comes directly a nice pepper note, which was heard behind the aroma, toffee everywhere, to wonderful orange peel, apple peel, from red as green, sweet, slightly bitter malt mates with delicious honey and vanilla pods, full-bodied
    • Finish
      Malt remains strong, with young oak chips as always with Virgin Oak, honey, vanilla, some pepper, medium to long

  7. Thermidor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I can't fault this for being a trainwreck like Quinta Ruban was for me, but this isn't exactly a challenging or interesting whisky either. It feels as if the distillery played it safe - too safe in fact, since it doesn't really feel like a 19yo whisky at all. The finish is flat and the palate is quite monotone. It's well produced and without obvious flaws, hence 84 points, but were this the future of Scotch, I could be persuaded to stop drinking altogether.

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Snerik scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    What’s not to like? Bourbon barrels at its finest. 
    • Nose
      Coconut, honey, butter, white flowers, dried pineapple.
    • Taste
      Smooth, elegant and very balanced. That coconut/buttery feeling is overwhelmingly pleasant. And honey!
    • Finish
      Again, very balanced and elegant. Honey, flowers, dried fruit. All is sprinkled with coconut. And hazelnuts! 

  10. q-runa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

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