Glenmorangie Ealanta

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Private Edition
Stated Age
19 years old
Missouri White Oak Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
05 Jan 2013 2:00 pm

Average value

€ 600.57

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Whisky Reviews for Glenmorangie Ealanta

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.53 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 Bourbon over Scotch anyway) 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-years old whisky than of a 10-years 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. whiskydramo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Butter, coconut, oak with some pomelo peel. Toffee, mint.
    • Taste
      Refreshing orange flesh, cinnamon and caramel. A bit of dark chocolate and roasted nuts.
    • Finish
      Pleasant honey aftertaste, together with small amount of ginger and cloves.

  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. The_Cask_Master scored this whisky 98 points Expert Junior

    The most beautiful nose of tropical fruits apricots and peaches, followed by a sumptuous taste, so perfectly balanced with fruit, vanilla and spice, and exceptionally long and rewarding finish. One of the most delicious and satisfying whiskies I have ever had the pleasure of tasting.

  5. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89
      A real bourbon ... only better

  6. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. the_muskox scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    All of us at the tasting at which I tried this were really impressed with this bottling, not only to just find another non-boring Glenmorangie besides Signet. For a whisky that’s spent a full 19 years in virgin oak, it’s shockingly mellow and pleasant. It’s relatively straightforward, but just damn tasty. The wood makes itself known more in the spicy and fragrant notes, rather than just as oaky bitterness. That hint of woodsmoke at the back is subtle but really nice.

    Still a better pick than Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye.

    Nose: The virgin oak influence is obvious, but it’s not over-oaked at all. Lots of sweet cantaloupe and tangerine up front, along with honey, brown sugar, pastries, and various baking spices. Some crystallized pineapple came out after a few more minutes, as well as lemon squares.

    Palate: Medium texture. Arrives quickly with pastries, brown sugar, and peach, then vanilla and cinnamon. It develops into a good amount of oak, but not overly tannic or overbearing. Some wood sugars, grape skins, more vanilla, and some dark chocolate on the back end. A tiny hint of woodsmoke right at the back.

    Finish: Medium-length and rather light, but quite pleasant. More chocolate, tangerine, and spice, as well as fragrant wood and sweet lemon-lime.

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. insago scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    Nose typical gel mango with a light bourbon note, aroma reminiscent of candy, orange and vanilla. The finish is extremely long and pleasant. Great whisky


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