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Glenmorangie Ealanta

Overall rating 279 votes 88.44
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 2:47 pm
Non-chillfiltered

Tastingtags

31 Notes

hs305
Connoisseur hs305 Review note
26 Mar 2017 11:26 pm
hs305 gave this whisky 86 points

[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 whiskey 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 whiskey 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?

Weighted Rate
85.7
Nose
87
Initial taste
86
Body
85
Finish
84
Price
87
Presentation
86
There is no accounting for taste...
ColdAesthetics
Expert Senior ColdAesthetics Tasting note
29 Jun 2017 12:18 am
ColdAesthetics gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Amber
Nose

Klare Virgin Oak Noten, schöner Honig, Honigmelone, Orangenschale, feines Karamell und Vanille, etwas grüner Apfel im Hintergrund mit weißem Pfeffer, auch leichtes helles Malz erkennbar, vermischt mit dem Toffee

Taste

Sehr seidig und cremig, dann kommt direkt eine schöne Pfeffernote, die hinten im Aroma zu vernehmen war, Toffee überall, dazu wundervolle Orangenschale, Apfelschale, von rot wie grün, süßes, etwas bitteres Malz paart sich mit leckerem Honig und Vanilleschoten, vollmundig

Finish

Malz bleibt kräftig zurück, dazu junge Eichenchips wie immer bei Virgin Oak, Honig, Vanille, etwas Pfeffer, mittellang bis lang

Comments

Ein wundervoller Virgin Oak Whisky, der Preis ist trotzdem sehr ambitioniert, trotzdem beweist Glenmo was sie können wenn sie wollen (nur das alles jetzt für 60-80,-, den Signet bitte auch)...

Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Note
19 Jan 2017 9:00 pm
Thermidor gave this whisky 84 points

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.

GIORGOS
Expert Senior GIORGOS Review note
10 Jan 2017 10:49 pm
GIORGOS gave this whisky 88 points
Weighted Rate
88
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
89
Finish
88
Price
88
Presentation
88
Snerik
Expert Junior Snerik Tasting note
23 Mar 2016 9:23 pm
Snerik gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Deep copper
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! 

Comments

What’s not to like? Bourbon barrels at its finest. 

Erik Nilsson
q-runa
Expert Junior q-runa Review note
20 Feb 2016 6:53 pm
q-runa gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
89.5
Nose
90
Initial taste
89
Body
88
Finish
90
Price
90
Presentation
91
wekke
Expert Senior wekke Note
20 Dec 2015 1:18 am
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: All about Orange Zest. The ethereal long necks of Glenmorangie’s stills are famed for producing a light, fruity and almost zesty spirit, and this characteristic is turned up to 11 in this release. You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d just been handed an old-fashioned cocktail.

Palate: Yet more candied orange, tropical fruit, a touch of vanilla, and an all-pervading sweetness that leaves you in absolutely no doubt about the fact that this has come from fresh oak.

Finish: This is where the maturity starts to shine through. The complex ethereal nature of the fruit begins to fade, and gives way to a familiar high-note of rancio and dried figs.

Overall: Yes. This is my kind of whisky. Big, brash, packed full of flavour, and not in any way hiding from - or apologising for - what it is.

“I like my whisky old and my women young.”
Pépé
Expert Junior Pépé Tasting note
10 Jun 2015 9:39 pm
Pépé gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Gin clear
Nose

Blind session:

Pomme caramélisée, beaucoup de vanille et un joli petit caramel-chocolat que l'on ajouterai à une crème aux œufs. C'est très sucré tout çà.
C'est ce genre de whisky qui se veut pâtissier, bien réalisé ici.
On sent qu'on doit être autour des 50%, le nez est bien porté.

Taste

Puissant en bouche, y'en a sous la pédale. Une belle texture.

Du caramel, des tonnes de vanille, un poil de solvant, de la pomme ... et la crème aux oeufs. Tout çà reste en phase avec le nez.
Finish

Vanillée et gourmande, comme souvent je l'aurai souhaité plus longue.

Comments

C'est très bon, très patissier, avec cette note de crème aux oeufs qui me plait beaucoup.

Edit: j'y reviens quelques mois après, c'est excessivement bourbonnisant, du vernis, un paquet  de vanille et de fruits caramélisés (banane, pomme, ...). La bouche est idem, bien boisé, avec une attaque un peu violente et un radoucissement en milieu de bouche (sucré, vanille, coco, épices)

Pas mon style préféré, mais je maintiens le 87.

newman346
Expert Senior newman346 Note
27 Apr 2015 8:06 pm
newman346 gave this whisky 93 points

Glenmorangie EALANTA OB Private Edition 1993/2012 19yo 70cl 46%vol. american white oak Missouri MHD これは,ギャンブル性ありありだったので,休憩係でしか飲む気がおきなかった Glenmorangie EALANTA! 似合わない中途半端なゴージャス感あるラベルの雰囲気. Color: 見るからに 水飴全開のギャンブル性ガンガンの色合い. Nose: わずかに ダーク . いかにもビター. 溶けた夏のチョコレートのエグさが満載. Attack: ぬめりあるムンムン系の強烈な大人味. シロップガンガン系のパヒューミーは,好きな人は好きそう. Body: 空洞感ある,ぬるい外の殻. 若干,メタボ気味. Taste: ジュワッと浅田飴. 後にはひかない 古過ぎる杏. ゴージャスになり損ねた 化粧系の控えめな圧殺系. ギャンブル性は十分の珍味系が主体. Finish: 食べたくない飴の口に長く残る後味! 華やかさがない woody. そのエグサたるや この上なし! ちょっとだけ蜂蜜レモンが返してくるが,全体的にバブリーな深みのない味わい. まあ,休憩係か一杯目によさそうですね.

https://whisky2010.usukeba.com/u/whisky2010/1fyharsykotux3

Ciro
Connoisseur Ciro Review note
10 Apr 2015 5:04 am
Ciro gave this whisky 89 points
Weighted Rate
88.7
Nose
90
Initial taste
90
Body
89
Finish
90
Price
85
Presentation
84

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