We’ve sampled quite a few drams from Glenmorangie, which just so happens to be one of our favourite commercial whisky brands. This expression: Lasanta, is rather special and it is the second dram that we’ve sampled from their core range. Lasanta has spent 10 years maturing in American white oak casks, before being extra-matured for a further two years in Oloroso and PX Sherry casks from Jerez in Spain. Extra maturation in these Sherry casks develops Glenmorangie Lasanta into a lusciously soft texture and deep dram, with enticingly sweet aroma spirit with a complex balance of sweet and dry flavours and an intriguing contrast of smooth and crisp, cooling textures.
On the nose: you’ll get an intense waft of sherry, honey, oranges and strawberries, as well as vanilla. These initial notes are closely followed by the spiciness of cinnamon, nutmeg and star anise, with a touch of white pepper. Notes of rich currants and red apples start to emerge, followed by plums and fruit cake. Topping off the nose are notes of marzipan, toffee, treacle, cardamom and underlying zest. The palate: is replete with notes of honey, oranges and rich currants, accompanied by notes of butterscotch, vanilla and cinnamon. A burst of spicy oak appears, as well as those notes of star anise, closely followed by chocolate and lemon zest. Rounding-off the palate are notes of fresh mint, herbs, liquorice and hazelnuts. The finish: medium/long, spicy, sweet, with lingering oak and a slight fungal nutty note.
The verdict: As you’ve probably heard me say before, I’m rather fond of Glenmorangie and I love the fact they don’t focus too much on the age of the whisky but instead that of the casks which hold the whisky. They’re truly pioneers when it comes to cask maturation and how their casks are treated. This Lasanta expression is a great affordable favourite that has well-balanced flavours, as well as depth and a great mouth feel. Bottled at an ABV of 46%, this 12-year-old bottling of Glenmorangie can, in my opinion, be enjoyed how you please. However I would add, leaving it to breathe for around 10 minutes or so yields more of those sweeter notes.
Lasanta Single Malt Scotch can be found at any well-stocked whisky shop for approximately £55
For more information on Lasanta visit the official Glenmorangie website.