Every time Glenmorangie release a new Private Release the internet buzzes with reviews of it, and generally the bottling sells out really quickly. So far the only ones that didn’t sell out fast were the Sonnalta and the Finealta. And to be honest, they were quite awful and uninteresting respectively.
Then some things happened with Artein, which was an interesting dram but bored quickly. Next up was Ealanta. A 19 year old virgin oak release from two years ago. I was very skeptical at first since 19 years in new oak sounds like you’re about to drink liquid oak.
Fortunately, this is not the case. Unfortunately, I didn’t buy a bottle.
On the nose this is a rather crisp whisky with hint of vanilla, creme brulee and lemon. It’s smooth with quite some oak without it overpowering the whisky. Wax, pine resin, honey and mint notes are next, and after a while I’m even getting some cigar tobacco.
On the palate the whisky is consistent with the nose but slightly drier. The oak is more pronounced (still not overpowering, though). Honey, dried apple and cracker black pepper. Some Scottish tablet too, and butterscotch.
The finish is, if possible, better than the palate. It’s smooth and rich with lots of flavor. Long with butterscotch, honey, oak and creme brulee again.
This really, really is a gorgeous whisky. I love every sip of it and haven’t found anything to put me off or make me slightly less raving. I generally love a good bourbon cask and white oak is the main flavor of that. So, white oak, minus the bourbon still works fine for me.
I was a bit scared that this whisky would be a bit one dimensional and plain. I was wrong. I love this stuff and I really wish I had gotten myself a bottle or two when it was still available and affordable.
Glenmorangie Ealanta, 46%, 19 year old Virgin Oak, Private Release. Now some € 220