Review #40 – Glenmorangie 12YO Lasanta 80/100
I sat with this one for a good while, asking myself over and over what did I prefer…this or the original 10YO? It’s a difficult decision to make really, as the two whiskies have the same base flavour profile. The Lasanta brings something new into the mix, but it also takes away a little something. Note: To produce the Lasanta, Glenmorangie 10YO has spent additional 2 years in an Oloroso sherry butt.
Out of the bottle and into the glass, the Lasanta pours a deep copper colour, projecting plenty of warmth and glow from the glass. Give the glass a quick swirl and the liquid produces a very prominent necklace which slowly evolves into slow, viscous legs.
On the nose we’ve got the plenty of the textbook heavily sherried whisky aromas – christmas pudding, sweet spice and brandy sauce; once you’ve broken through the sherry wall more of the subtle aromas emerge – a little honey, burnt raisins, caramel, nutmeg and cacao. What I will point out is that what the Lasanta has injected in terms of aroma, it has also taken away a little too…the sweet barley notes you find in the 10YO have been completely masked, as have the floral and grassy notes.
On the palate I see the same story repeated as that of the aroma…the Lord giveth with one hand and taketh away with the other. Plenty of rich, sweet and chewy characters to this whisky – dried figs, prunes, dates, candied peel, cinder toffee and delicate, sweet spice stitching it all together. But once again, where is the delicate honey? the sweet barley? and what I love most about Glenmorangie, the sweet, fruity flavour of peaches and cream? These flavours have disappointingly been masked by the heavy sherry influence.
I kind of ended that one on a bad note, but I really like the Lasanta I just wish more of the original Glenmorangie character had stuck around for the ride.