The Glenmorangie Lasanta joins the distilleryŐs wide range of cask-finished expressions. ‘Lasanta’, meaning ‘warmth and passion’ in Gaelic, is aged in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in a combination of both ex-oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. By doing this Glenmorangie have certainly managed to add spice and depth.
Appearance: Polished bronze.
Nose: Vanilla and raisins, ripe mango.
Taste: Sticky toffee pudding, walnuts and cinnamon spice.
Finish: Hints of citrus cut through but there is lots of chocolate and spice.
Overall: Rich fruit and spice notes persist through this malt and are backed up by Glenmorangie’s characteristically smooth sweet style.
Glenmorangie’s range of cask-finishes are all very approachable, it’s a great option for someone who has recently really got into scotch. As in, they have tried a few expressions for the different regions and might want to start looking at how production and ageing methods can manipulate flavour.
If the person you’re buying for is a fan of the Glenmorangie Lasanta, you could also try Arran Amarone, Auchentoshan Three Wood or Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask.
Scotch whisky is a very broad category consisting of various styles, regions and production methods. It is unclear whether Ireland or Scotland was the first to produce whisky but it is likely that the practice became common in both countries concurrently. It is commonly thought that the knowledge of distillation was brought to Scotland (and Ireland) by monks returning from the Mediterranean and the Middle East in around 1000AD.
ABOUT THE DISTILLERY
Glenmorangie is a distillery in Tain, Ross-Shire, categorizing it as a highland distillery. Their stills, the tallest in Scotland, are said to produce a very light malt.
ABOUT THE LIQUID
Glenmorangie makes use of two different types of sherry casks for finishing this rich and spicy expression.
Water, Malted Barley, Yeast.