21 February 2013
"Ealanta" Gaelic for "Skilled and Ingenious" is a fitting description for its creator, Dr. Bill Lumsden.....
Glenmorangie Ealanta 46% Distilled in 1993 Bottled 2012 Matured in heavily charred virgin American white oak.
A vanilla pod, crushed, powdered and shaken over a toffee apple. Fried bananas in demerara sugar, coated with vanilla custard and cinnamon with lemon creme brulee on the side. The barley is there, underneath the weight of sweet desserts but even this cereal is drenched in liquid fudge, with freesia floral notes appearing later.
Oily, honey unctous, velvet coating on the palate, the pepper 'n spice is lively on the tongue, the barley emerging, then fading quickly as the long, lingering, charred oak chardonnay finish takes over.94 (Thank you Martine, so much, for the sample and there are not enough superlatives to explain the pairing with the Calissons, incroyable! But I will leave that up to you!!)