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