Glenmorangie Lasanta | 46.0% | Highland
, Scotland founded: 1843 | active
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Meet #26 | 14/07/12 | Hosted by Hamish
It was time to try a Glenmorangie, and the Lasanta seemed a reasonable starting point - a sherried bottling, part of the standard range. We also nailed half a SMWS bottle, just for fun.
Other bottles sampled:
#47 SMWS 84.14
| SSWC review 26b
There's definitely something briney going on here, from sea water to chlorine and rotten apples to an olive grove on a hot day. It's pretty weird to group together Calvados and Maltesers but that's what I'm going to do and you're going to have to live with it. That Calvados would be better grouped with cloudy apples (and even the rotten apples from earlier), but hindsight is a wonderful thing. Heather honey and tablet bring a sweetness to proceedings, whilst some chestnut mushrooms make things richer, as pine cleaning fluid mops things up at the end.
It's way creamier on the palate, with vanilla custard, clotted cream fudge (Creamy Goodness... “thanks, Creamy”) and vanilla ice cream all featuring. That creaminess gives way to a wee spiciness expressed by chili, chili jam and cloves whilst a fruity stalker creeps in butt-naked, coated in elderflower cordial, raisins and grapes (to hide any embarrassment). The grapes and raisins then give way to Muscat and tree sap as marshmallows finally bring us full circle, like they would.
Was it a barrel of laughs or casked away? (funny jokes, right there)
Finish & Comments
We felt this one had a medium finish, but answers were diverse – eclectic. Crème brûlée, grapes and raisins form a memento of the palate and post themselves to match smoke (not a good thing) as a parting gift. Gooseberries diversify the fruity taste in finishing form whilst stringy, sugarless sugarcane finishes everything off with slight confusion.
We've always scored out of 10 in our group (see number in red box, below), with scores regularly given across that spectrum. The value out of 100 below is adjusted to the scale most commonly used for whisky reviews, to allow for better comparison.
71 / 100
Detailed scores (out of 10)
Tasting Game Points (out of 6)
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