Continuing on our “tasting tour” of Glenmorangie from the University of Edinburgh Water of Life Society Glenmorangie & Dessert Wine Tasting, we have the Lasanta. The Lasanta is the ex-sherry cask finished official expression from Glenmorangie. According to their website, this expression spent “ten years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso and PX Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain”. They also state that this particular expression is not chill filtered which makes me thing the Original is. For a little more info about Glenmorangie you can see our post on the Original. If you happen to have a bottle of this and see that the ABV is in fact 46% instead of 43%, then you have the older version which was changed to 43% in 2014. Apparently Lasanta means “warmth and passion” in Gaelic in case you were wondering about the name.
The Lasanta makes up one of four whiskies in Glenmorangie’s core range. The others include the Original, the Quinta Ruban, and the Nectar D’or. All of these represent a specific type of cask influence (ex-bourbon, ex-port, and ex-sauternes respectively) which makes this core range quite unique in its cask variety. The emphasis on wood influence is likely due to the very light spirit that is the result of their extremely tall stills!
Age: 12 Years Old
Cask: (From their website) Ten years maturing in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso and PX Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain.
Dark rum soaked raisins. Boggy redwood. Chocolate. Sticky toffee pudding.
Thick molasses with raisins and milk chocolate. Coca cola candies. Brownies with confectionary sugar.
Raisins and funky wet wood. Dry sherry.
Ah yes definitely get that sherry hit here. Nice deep rich flavours which culminate in a dry funky finish. A good fix for those sherry heads. A bit of that funky rubbery slightly sulphury note. It’s not in your face but a bit more refined. A nice brooding dram.