I often come across articles and material online that identify Glenmorangie as the pioneers of cask experimentation. Nowadays this is common practice as distilleries battle to stand out from the crowd. In the 4 years that I have been taking a real interest in whiskey I have noticed a wider variety of cask matured or finished single malts. The Lasanta was originally a travel retail exclusive and I received a bottle of this and the Nectar D’Or and Quinta Ruban from my brother when he had a brief stint travelling abroad for work. At the time I wasn’t as clued up on single malts but I was (and still am) a fan of Glenmorangie and I remember these expressions really sticking out to me. This was over 10 years ago so I was quite excited to revisit this now that I am well into my whisky journey. This Lasanta expression is aged at 12 years old and bottled at 43%. When I first had this it was a non age statement and bottled at 46%. Anyway, this has been matured in American white oak ex bourbon casks for 10 years, like the Original, and then matured for a further two years in Oloroso and PX Sherry casks. I am not how long in each but in any case I expect a lot of spice in comparison to the Original.
Whisky: Glenmorangie Lasanta 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43%
Nose: Raisins, malt, toast, roasted walnuts, leather, vanilla, clove
Taste: Raisins, honey, roasted walnuts, toffee fudge, cloves, malt
Finish: Roasted nuts, sweet wine, dry oak
Summary: This is like many of those sherry finished speysiders but with a slight edge than most I would say. This is rich and dense but yet carries that delicateness you get with the Glenmorangie Original 10 year old. A good example of how a spirit that is light and floral in nature can take on rich notes from ex sherry casks. The ex-bourbon cask influence lingers in the background to make sure that the sherry cask doesn’t dominate with bitterness. The only thing that lets it down is the lack of complexity and development over time. Nevertheless, this is well balanced and more interesting than many middle of the road 10-12 year old sherry finished speysiders.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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