The Glenmorangie distillery, helmed by Director of Distilling, Whisky Creation & Whisky Stocks Dr. Bill Lumsden, is known for putting out a number of quality bottlings each year for fans of Scotch whisky. One of these some time ago was Ealanta, a 19 year old offering aged in virgin American oak barrels. Now a new release set for travel retail is keeping the same age statement, while at the same time going in a new direction in terms of its cask aging.
The Glenmorangie 19 Years Old, according to those behind it, was aged in slow-growth American white oak ex-bourbon casks for almost two decades. It was chosen in part by Brendan McCarron, Glenmorangie’s Head of Maturing Whisky Stocks, who worked with Lumsden to select the barrels that went into this release.
Plans call for this 19 year old Scotch to be unleashed this month as an exclusive into travel retail channels. There was no immediate mention of price, and you’ll find official tasting notes at the end of this story for your consideration.
“Often, a longer maturation will tone down a spirit’s more perfumed notes,” said McCarron in a prepared statement. “But Glenmorangie 19 Years Old retains a wonderful vibrancy and zest.”
Aroma: Fresh, clean and zesty aromas of mint, eucalyptus and hints of sugar cane, are woven with candy, peaches and vanilla.
Palate: A smooth and creamy texture brings with it the subtle sweetness of apple, apricot and tangy oranges, alongside toffee, butter candy and menthol.
Finish: Mint toffee mingles with oak tannins and the lingering suggestion of bittersweet citrus fruit.
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