Glenmorangie Ealanta named ‘best whisky in the world’

5th November, 2013 by Becky Paskin

Whisky expert Jim Murray has named Glenmorangie Ealanta as the best whisky in the world, in his new Whisky Bible 2014.

Glenmorangie Ealanta

Glenmorangie Ealanta scored 97.5 in Jim Murray’s 2014 Whisky Bible

The limited edition Scotch single malt, released by The Glenmorangie Company in January this year, was scored 97.5 points out of 100 for giving “an aroma and taste profile completely new to me (Murray) in over 30 years of tasting whisky”.

Aged for 19 years in virgin American white oak casks sourced from trees grown in the Mark Twain National Forest, and bottled at 46% abv, Glenmorangie Ealanta is described by Murray as having “one of the longest finishes of any Scotch this year… and borderline perfection”.

Dr Bill Lumsden, director of distilling and whisky creation at The Glenmorangie Company, said: “This is a wonderful award for us and testament to the ongoing success of our Private Edition range. Jim Murray has been a leading judge of whisky for three decades so this is a major coup for us.

“It’s no secret in our industry that it’s the ‘wood that makes the whisky’ and for many years my team and I have been carrying out detailed research in this area.”

Glenmorangie Ealanta formed the fourth release in the distillery’s Private Edition range, which also includes the Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX (aged in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks), the Glenmorangie Finealta (aged in American white oak and Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks), and the Glenmorangie Artein (aged in rare Tuscan wine casks).

It retails for £74.99 and is available from selected specialist whisky retailers.

6 Responses to “Glenmorangie Ealanta named ‘best whisky in the world’”

  1. Johnnie says:

    If Jim “Doucebag” Murray says so – the cheque must have been quite big.
    Its just one mans opinion – his tastebuds are not better than the common man….

  2. Johnnie is a cock says:

    Johnnie, it seems only one person is a doucebag here.

  3. Brendan says:

    Johnnie…you’ve just demonstrated your ignorance for all to see. Murray spends his life tasting whiskies and – if you had any idea whatsoever – you’d know that many Glenmorangie offerings have been given very low scores by him. I’ve yet to find him wrong on a good whisky. Here’s a suggestion, speak from experience and intellect next time and you won’t look so stupid in public.

  4. Szarik says:

    Well… I’ve tried this whisky and I’ll say that IT’S NOT THE BEST IN THE WORLD including is ridiculous price!!
    ….And you’ve to be a Douchebag to buy that book!

  5. Chris says:

    Szarik, you should’ve taken Brendan’s advice, as you have also made yourself look stupid in public. While Jim Murray has almost certainly tasted more whiskies than anyone else in the world, he is the first to state that whisky enjoyment is a very personal thing. Nonetheless, if the man says it’s the best in the world this year, you’d need a pretty good argument to slate it. As to the price, how much would you expect to pay for a whisky that sat for 19 years in brand new american white oak casks, that themselves sat seasoning for two years in the Glenmorangie distillery before being used? That is quite an investment. And there is no need to shout, it makes you look even more ignorant.

  6. Rich says:

    Let me tell you I have tried this whiskey and recently brought it to a Holiday Party where I had several non-scotch drinkers try at and say wow! Two of them stated that I might have just turned them into scotch drinkers. Again as previously stated drinking in general is a matter of personal preference. Some like bolder tastes, some a little more subtle. Everyone had a different palate and this one man who is very respected in the industry had an opinion that is not liked by all. The fact is he reviewed it and described the tastes he experienced. If you either did not read his review before trying it and or did not taste the same things it might be because your palate is just not as sensitive or perhaps more sensitive than his.

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