Monday, January 10, 2011

Review: Glenmorangie Lasanta

Glenmorangie Lasanta
Price: $45-$55
Strength: 46 %

There's a good reason I've been so enamored of Glenmorangie since my first tasting of the Astar (a generous wedding gift from the author of this blog): these folks are turning out unique and fantastic Scotch. Today's expression of note, the Lasanta, is aged in former bourbon casks and finished in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks, like many a Highland or Speyside Scotch. Indeed, there are similarities here to several fine malts I've enjoyed (notably, the Macallan and Oban's wonderful distiller's edition), but while on familiar ground, this is very much it's own whisky.

The initial taste is of sherry, full of citrus and raisin notes. Other tasters point out Seville orange or lime peel, but sadly, I can't be more specific than "mmm, citrus." The mouth feel, however, is where Glenmorangie really sets themselves apart. This whisky has an amazing warm, creamy sensation on the tongue. This is how I always imagined sherry would taste, though I hear otherwise. The creamy sherry gently transitions to a pleasant spice, with a mild hint of pepper, a suggestion of mint, and a tingly burn that makes me think of ginger. The finish is pleasant and decently long, with a nice toffee or burnt marshmallow taste balanced with spiced rum.

The Lasanta is non-chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV, but the alcohol doesn't really make itself known. The burn is very mild, and barely noticeable behind the velvety texture on the tongue. Consequently, water doesn't add anything to the flavor profile, but rather dilutes both the toffee and the spiced rum notes.

Overall, a very nice offering from a distillery that continues to surprise and impress. A sherry finish is familiar ground, to be sure, but Glenmorangie has managed to produce a Scotch both familiar and unique.  90 points (A-).

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