Whisky: Glenmorangie launch of Ealanta


“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” Mark Twain

This quote started the most delightful hand written invitation that arrived in the post from Dr Bill Lumsden

Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the launch of Ealanta, the latest edition in the Glenmorangie portfolio. But I’ve captured the news of the night and a few photos for us all to enjoy.


The evening took place in the Brennan Library at the University of Sydney which set the scene for a Mark Twain themed evening of whisky. Ealanta is a 19 Years Old Glenmorangie, fully matured in virgin American white oak casks with a provenance that stretches all the way to the mountains of Missouri and the Mark Twain National Forest, hence the Mark Twain theme.


Amidst the dusty tomes, guests were treated to an evening of Highland fun, with a whisky-matched menu, waiters in kilts, Alan Johnson on the piano and Mark Twain quotes galore. An “erudite photo booth” gave guests the opportunity to have pictures taken with their favourite quotes (from Mark Twain or their own) and the image then sent directly to them for their social media needs.


Joining in the frivolity and savouring the Glenmorangie Ealanta will be whisky aficionados Stephen Symond, Ed Smith, Patrick Johnson, Jason Hulich, Warren Fahey, Terry Kaljo and Guillaume Sadourny, Josh Cilento and Lauren Miller-Cilento, Amber Keating, Ivan Bresic and Adam Marshall.

Glenmorangie is world renowned for its research into the effect of wood on whisky maturation, and the company’s Head of Distilling and Whisky Creation, Dr. Bill Lumsden, is a much awarded pioneer in this field. While I unfortunately had another prior engagement on this evening, I was able to share some of his time in Sydney over a very fine lunch.

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