This whisky is aged for 10 years before being put in sherry casks for the final 2 yeras, resulting in a 12 year old finished whisky. Glenmorangie pioneered cask finishes, among the first to do so. Lasanta means “warmth and passion” in gaelic. This review, it should be noted, is from the 46% version – Glenmorangie has since dropped the alcohol on this whisky and the recipe is now slightly different too.
Nose: Malt, raisins, a struck match, vanilla, green apple skins – apple juice is still there as well. A bit of sherry rancio, with some earthy touches too. Ever so lightly astringent. 26/30 (87%)
Taste: Quite sweet and raisin-y, with the whisky taking some time to develop. The sherry definitely controls too much of the beginning of this one…halfway through the palate it starts to resemble Glenmorangie Original. Light oaky earthiness and slight nuttiness too. 25.5/30 (85.5%)
Finish: Fairly sweet, once again, with raisins, and a bit of oak and some fruity sherry notes as well. lightly spicy. A bit too much sherry and rancio in the finish, I think. Not quite as spicy as the Original, but it still has a bit… 17.5/20 (88%)
Conclusion: This one is not bad – I do quite like sherry casks. However, this one seems to have a bit too much sherry and too little whisky. Still nice, though. 17.5/20 (88%)