NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Glenmorangie's Ealanta has been named the World Whisky of the Year by Jim Murray, one of the world's leading whisky experts.
In his 2014 Whisky Bible, Murray pays tribute to the quality of the Private Edition Single Malt Scotch by describing it as having "one of the longest finishes of any Scotch this year...and borderline perfection." It scored 97.5 out of 100 points, the highest awarded this year.
This year 4,500 whiskies were tasted, evaluated and rated by Murray, who was blown away by Ealanta's innovative aroma and taste profile. Jim Murray's Whisky Bible is published annually and is regarded as a benchmark for the category.
Glenmorangie's Ealanta was released at the start of 2013 as the fourth annual release in the company's award-winning Private Edition range. The expression is yet another testament to the brands commitment to perfection; fitting seamlessly into their 'Unnecessarily Well Made' campaign. The greatly anticipated fifth release is set to arrive next year.
Ealanta is a 19 Years Old Glenmorangie expression, fully matured in virgin American white oak casks with a provenance that stretches all the way to the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.
Dr. Bill Lumsden, The Glenmorangie Company's Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation, 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."
Jim Murray's Whisky Bible, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, said, "Glenmorangie Ealanta pipped others to the post because it went out and did something different; not only did it blow one away with its deftness, beauty and elegance, but it gave an aroma and taste profile completely new to me in over 30 years of tasting whisky."
Glenmorangie's Ealanta is a limited release with a suggested retail selling price of $119 and is available at specialty retailers until stocks are exhausted.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky originates in the Scottish Highlands where, at the Glenmorangie Distillery, it is distilled in the tallest malt whisky stills in Scotland, expertly matured in the finest oak casks, and perfected by the Men of Tain. The Distillery was founded in 1843 and is renowned as a pioneer in its field uniting tradition with innovation to create 'unnecessarily well-made whiskies.'
The Glenmorangie Company advocates responsible drinking and suggests that drinkers savor Glenmorangie whiskies in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.
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