Jim Murray names Glenmorangie Ealanta world’s best whisky

Glenmorangie EalantaGlenmorangie Ealanta has today been named as the best whisky in the world by Jim Murray, one of the world’s leading whisky experts.

In his 2014 Whisky Bible, Murray has paid tribute to the quality of the limited-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.

This year, 4,500 whiskies were tasted, evaluated and rated by Murray but he was “blown away” by Ealanta’s innovative aroma and taste profile.

Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is regarded as a benchmark for the sector.

Glenmorangie Ealanta was released at the start of this year as the fourth annual release in the company’s award-winning Private Edition range.

Scots Gaelic for “skilled and ingenious”, Ealanta is a 19-year-old Glenmorangie, fully matured in virgin American white oak casks sourced from the Mark Twain National Forest in the mountains of 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.”

In the Whisky Bible, Murray 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 Ealanta is available at specialist retailers including The Whisky Exchange, Master Of Malt, The Whisky Shop and Royal Mile Whiskies (Edinburgh).

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