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Glenmorangie 1993 Ealanta 19 Year Old Virgin Oak Casks

2013's new Private Edition

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@OnibubbaReview by @Onibubba

17th Feb 2013


Glenmorangie 1993 Ealanta 19 Year Old Virgin Oak Casks
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This is a just opened review. Been sipping on it this evening and wanted to post a few thoughts. First, price. This was 130.00 in TN. That puts it 50.00 over previous Private Editions, and about 20.00 less than Signet (which can be had online for 150.00). I found 2 of the earlier Private Editions, Sonnalta PX, and Artein, to be exemplary whiskies. I have bunkered several of each. My last Glenmornangie experience was with their 18YO. Not so good in my book. I approached this with some trepidation, but as only a case arrived in Nashville, I figured I had better grab one now.

First Impressions: Smell is white chocolate and nougat. Could this be the opposite of the Signet maybe? Coffee presents itself in this nose as well, more of a mocha. And sadly, I get a bit of the 18 lingering around in the background.

First tastes are stewed fruits. Peach pie with no sugar. There is a bit of a sourness here. Happily, it does not linger. The white chocolate returns transforming into vanilla.

Nice burn, nice finish. Long, hot, pleasant. Peach cobbler.

This is good. However, I would put it behind the Sonnalta PX, Artein, or Signet. And unless I find it at a much cheaper price, not a repeat purchase.

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newlad56 commented

$98.05 in Montgomery County liquor stores in MD, plus tax; $119.99 in the NH state liquor stores and no sales tax.

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Onibubba commented

Revisiting Ealanta. I have not been as adherent on Wine Preserver with this bottle. Generally speaking, I have found oxidization to be more of an issue with bourbons and peat monsters than sweeter scotches. Barely two inches remain in the bottle ( I decanted a couple of 4oz tasters early on - cannot recommend this process highly enough. Harsh bitter wood and waves of alcohol assault the nose. Creme Bruelee is buried by the alcohol assault. The peaches are long gone. The alcohol positively stings with astringency. Artificial sweetness. Karo syrup, not honey. Not digging this as all. I am afraid that the last drams of this way too pricey whiskey are destined to the fate of sauteing my mushrooms with a splash of truffle oil. I can think of worse fates, but a sad end for a 130.00 dollar bottle.

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