Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Years Old
46% ABV, £35-45 for 70cl
What they say:
Elegant but full bodied this whisky has spent ten years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain.
Lasanta is Gaelic for warmth and passion, a reminder not just of the Spanish provenance of these Oloroso sherry butts, but also a reflection of this expressions lusciously soft texture and deep, enticingly sweet aroma. Non chill-filtered for additional aroma and mouthfeel.
Aroma: Warm spices mix with smooth chocolate covered raisins, honeycomb and caramel toffee.
Taste: Deliciously sweet sherry flavoured sultanas, orange segments, walnuts and butterscotch combine to create complex warm spices.
Finish: Long and satisfying finish with spiced orange and chocolate covered hazelnuts.
Colour: Light russet
What I say:
Our journey through the Glenmorangie Pioneering collection stops short at the Glenmorangie Lasanta (having previously bought a bottle and reviewed the port finished Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban). The Lasanta represents the staple Glenmorangie Sherry-Finished expression.
Dunnage warehouses, old musty wood, fruity strawberry and other berry fruits with a generous helping of light leather tannins
Initially fruity with oodles of red fruits direct from the sherry, this calms down and moves into malty milk chocolate and toffee, with elements of oaky wood and tannic leather or suede before more fruitiness returns with a honeyed sweetness.
Drying tannic leather, more darker fruits and a hint of spicy ginger creeps in at the end
Would I buy it again:
Probably, we are quite partial to sherry-matured and sherry-finished whiskies here at The Whiskyphiles. This one effortlessly brings in a lot of the ‘good’ sherry elements (fruit, tannins, chocolate) but stops short at the great (nutty, cocoa and coffee) whilst being unhindered by the rubbery and sulphuric notes that sometimes come along for the ride. A pleasurable dram and good sippin’ whisky – don’t expect it to make you think too hard, but be pleasantly surprised at its grace.