Whisky Review: Glenmorangie Lasanta Sherry Cask Extra Matured 12 Years

INTRODUCTION

Glenmorangie Distillery is situated in Cadboll just outside Tain, the oldest Royal Burgh in Scotland. Established in 1843 the Distillery uses the tallest stills in Scotland to make Glenmorangie: at 5,14 metres they are each the height of an adult giraffe. Only the lightest and the purest vapours can reach the top of these unique stills that produces about 10 million bottles per year. This determines Glenmorangie´s famously elegant style and provides a single malt whisky with delicious floral and fruity notes.

Glenmorangie is most popular single malt and the best-selling single malt inScotland, virtually unbroken since 1983.

Glenmorangie Lasanta

Lasanta, which in Gaelic means warmth and passion, is an elegant yet full bodied whisky, soft and balanced with a hint of sweetness. It isfirstly aged in bourbon casks for ten years and then in Oloroso Sherry casks for two years. The Oloroso Sherry casks from Jerez retain the spicy and nutty flavours of the fortified wine and they provide the spirit with delicate nuances of taste and a rich russet clarity. Glenmorangie Lasanta still has the flavours of ‘crème brûlée’ from the Original Glenmorangie, but with extra raisins.  

Color:  A slightly cloudy, beautiful amber.

Nose: Chocolate, honey and caramel. 

Palate: A full, dense and warm taste: walnuts, toffee, orange quarters bring an impressive richness to the malt. These aromatic touches are typical of additional aging in Oloroso Sherry casks.

After a dash of water: The addition of a dash of water reveals caramelized apricots, hazelnuts and fresh dates, elegant aromas from the Sherry.

Finish:  Long, with sweet fruit flavours , fresh oranges and chocolate.

AWARDS

At the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2016 (IWSC), Glenmorangie
Lasanta received the Gold Medal and the Distillery a total of five gold
medals. The Glenmorangie Lasanta has compared to the former sherry
bottlings not only sherry in the taste, but the sherry integrates much better
in the whiskey. The Master Distiller has taken virtually the best of old
whiskey and integrated it with the new knowledge and technology in the
Glenmorangie Lasanta. 

Please note that in late 2014 Lasanta
was lowered from 46% ABV to 43% ABV.
This review is for a 43% ABV bottle.

 

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