Product Launch - GLOBAL: Moet Hennessy’s Glenmorangie Ealanta
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Moet Hennessy’s Glenmorangie Ealanta
Category - Spirits, whisky, Scotch, single malt, 46% abv
Available - From this month
Location - Worldwide
Price - In UK, GBP74.99 (US$120) per 70cl bottle
Distribution - In UK, Moët Hennessy UK
Moet Hennessy has lined up the fourth release for its Glenmorangie Private Edition range. Ealanta is a 19-year-old single malt, which has been matured in virgin American white oak casks.
The extension, which is limited to 3,000 9-litre cases worldwide, joins Sonnalta PX, Finealta and Artein in the Private Edition range, which started in 2009.
The word Ealanta is Scots Gaelic for ‘skilled and ingenious’.
Glenmorangie is proud to announce the fourth annual release in its Private Edition range. Scots Gaelic for ‘skilled and ingenious’, Ealanta is a 19 Year Old Glenmorangie, fully matured in virgin American white oak casks.
Glenmorangie’s Distilling and Whisky Creation Director, Dr. Bill Lumsden, is an acknowledged pioneer and is known for travelling the world to search out the best oak casks in which to mature his whisky.
Dr Lumsden commented: ”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. Ealanta is in fact one experiment dating way back to just before I joined the company in the early 1990s.
“Having discovered these casks and sampled them, I realised then what a jewel we had and immediately had the casks secreted in a safe place. Over the years I have kept a close eye on their progress, and although the final recipe for Glenmorangie Ealanta is from me and my team, it’s a real pleasure to see the original experiment see the light of day at last…and be still here to celebrate it!”
He continued: “The casks selected way back then from oaks of the Mark Twain National Forest were absolutely top quality and unusually had not previously held any liquor such as bourbon, so it’s the interaction of our delicate floral spirit from our very tall stills directly with this ‘virgin’ wood that makes for many intriguing flavours.
“New wood also imparts a purity of flavour that I think many Glenmorangie aficionados will find an interesting divergence from our previous Private Edition releases. Using virgin oak casks that have been heavily toasted adds huge mouth-filling, buttery, creamy, vanilla flavours – somewhat like a crème brulée topped with almond and marzipan. This makes for a lovely rounded and complex expression of Glenmorangie.
“A light-hearted conclusion to all this serious research in to wood types and Ealanta was that Mark Twain himself reputedly discovered and wrote about his liking for good Scotch whisky on his trip to London in 1873 so it’s nice to think he might even have enjoyed a dram of Glenmorangie in the luxurious surroundings of the Langham Hotel where he is known to have stayed.”
On the nose Glenmorangie Ealanta has a soft toffee and butterscotch aroma, then vanilla and a hint of stewed fruits with a hallmark Glenmorangie top note of menthol. The palate leads with candied orange peel, sugar coated almonds and sweet vanilla, wrapped in an unusual nuttiness reminiscent of Brazil nuts in toffee. The finish is very long with virgin oak derived spices such as clove, ginger and a hint of aniseed.
Bottled at 46% ABV, and non-chill filtered for maximum texture and mouth-feel, Glenmorangie Ealanta is available globally from January 2013 and is the latest addition to the Private Edition range, comprising the highly sought after Sonnalta PX , Finealta and Artein. The Private Edition range consists of rare and interesting limited edition whiskies carefully selected from the ‘cabinet of curiosities’ of Dr Bill Lumsden, Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation at The Glenmorangie Company, that are fast becoming collectors’ items.
The Whisky Shop www.whiskyshop.com – Nationwide stores
Royal Mile Whisky www.royalmilewhiskies.com – 3 Bloomsbury St, London WC1B 3QE
Cambridge Wine Merchants www.cambridgewine.com
The Whisky Exchange www.thewhiskyexchange.com
Vintage House 42, Old Compton Street, London W1D 4LR
Robbies Drams, Scotland www.robbiesdrams.com
The Glenmorangie Private Edition Range: Glenmorangie’s Private Edition is an award winning special range that provides the occasional opportunity for the Glenmorangie Whisky Creation Team to share rare, limited samples of its rich and innovative experimentations to whisky connoisseurs and aficionados. Glenmorangie Ealanta marks the fourth release in this range, previous releases were; Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX - a full bodied whisky, extra matured in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks, Glenmorangie Finealta - an exquisite recreation of a 1900s recipe from the Glenmorangie archives with subtle notes of peat, and last year’s release Glenmorangie Artein, extra matured in rare Tuscan wine casks.
Original source: Company Release
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