Expert Jim Murray believes that he has found the best whisky in the world, and it is a 19-year-old single malt made in Scotland.
The Ealanta Scotch whisky has been developed by the 170-year-old Glenmorangie distillery in Tain, Ross-shire.
It has been described as “borderline perfection” by Murray, author of the annual Whisky Bible. He has awarded Ealanta 97.5 points out of a maximum of 100, Scotsman writes.
“One of the longest finishes of any Scotch this year” will be featured in the 2014 edition of the reputed guide.
The name of the alcoholic beverage comes from Scots Gaelic and it means “skilled and ingenious.” Distiller Bill Lumsden used virgin American white oak to let the Scotch mature.
He thought that he had made a lousy batch 19 years ago and hid it away in a warehouse. He realized the quality of the beverage when he uncorked a barrel three or four years ago.