London, Nov 5: A single malt, which has been matured for 19 years and released earlier this year as a limited edition, has been voted as the world's best whisky in the world.
It has been hailed as "borderline perfection" by one of the world's leading whisky experts.
In an endorsement that will have connoisseurs lining up to try a tipple, Glenmorangie's Ealanta has been declared the best dram in the world, the Scotsman reported.
The whisky has been a closely guarded secret at the firm's Tain distillery for close to two decades - part of an experiment using virgin American white oak casks from Missouri as part of the maturation process.
Now though, whisky aficionados will be seeking out the drink after it received handsome praise in the latest edition of the respected Whisky Bible.
Jim Murray, author of the annual publication and an internationally renowned expert on whisky, scored Ealanta 97.5 out of a possible 100 in the 2014 edition of the guide, pipping the Kentucky bourbon William Larue Weller to the coveted title of World Whisky of the Year.
Ealanta - Scots Gaelic for "skilled and ingenious" - is fully matured in virgin American white oak casks for 19 years.
The whisky, which retails at 74.99 pounds, was released at the start of this year as the fourth annual release in Glenmorangie's private edition range.
The malt's aroma is described by the company as a mix of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla and "a curious hint of stewed fruits", with a taste combining "candied orange peel, sugar coated almonds, sweet vanilla and marzipan". (ANI)