The Glenmorangie Distillery was founded in 1843 when the Matheson brothers converted the Morangie farm into a distillery. It lies just north of Tain, on the wind-swept coastline of Easter Ross. Their stills are the tallest found in Scotland — as tall as a giraffe, apparently — of the same design as those used in the 1880's which were in fact second-hand Gin stills. Which means that only the very lightest vapours make it to the top, resulting in a smooth and elegant Scotch Whisky.
In 2004 the distillery was sold to LVMH, a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate. It has since adopted a brave strategy of giving their drams French-sounding names, which on the looks of things, has payed out for them.
Glenmorangie Lasanta was awarded silver outstanding by the IWSC last year. It is finished in Oloroso Sherry casks to give it a very huggable character that will keep you warm through winters and loved through summers. It is what we would call a chewing Whisky as it expands in your mouth to reveal the taste profile gleaned from ten years in American white oak ex-Bourbon casks then two years in Oloroso and PX sherry casks.
SmartAss Corner: Lasanta is Gaelic for warmth and passion.
Loved the lamb’s spleen escabeche, but really taken with the smooth sherry finish. A lovely Burrrns goin doon wi a glow a’round ma belly!
Sorry to see this one keeps going up in price. When I could this locally for $35, the Lasanta was one I always kept on hand. Love the fruit and the sweetness, but it's a little heavy-fisted when compared to other bottles pushing $60.
As an avid fan of sherry-cask aged scotch, I find this one to be remarkable. Much sherry on the nose, as expected. On the tongue, it's quite sweet - vanilla and fruit abound. But there's a very elegant balance of the sweet elements. Finish is short, but pleasant with a very slight hint of spice. This is being added to my regular rotation, for certain.
Love this. Haven't quite figured out why yet. I'm just starting to notice the nuances between different scotches but can't yet identify what I taste. Regardless, enjoy this allot.
Wonderful soft vanilla notes and a hint of peat
Smooth like butter with a hint of citrus. Very smooth compared to other scotches.
Some what disappointing! For a 12 year old, I found it bitter and with no more a desire to have a second drink!
First sip packed more of a punch than expected. A wee bit strong on the alcohol. But after that it really opened up and became a real treat to sip.
Citrus. Port. No smoke. Floral. medium burn.
A very soft whisky
Not especially interesting
Excellent! The dark fruit notes of the sherry on top of everything already great in the original. Top notch for the money, smoother then Macallan.
Top 5 scotch for me. Creamy complex taste, a tease of burn with a long enjoyable finish. Hints of caramel, plumb, chocolate, zest... touch of smokey in the end... just enjoyable beginning to end.
Good taste. A bit harsh on the tongue. Fruity taste. Has an aftertaste that I cannot place.
Very good. Carmel notes
Smells pleasantly of prunes while caramel and vanilla battle for dominance, a hint of lemon zest.
Mild at first, then there is a taste explosion, it burns slightly, and gives way to bark and burnt orange flavor, there is a definite smokey finish.
I can see why they call this a chewing whisky, it makes you want to chew on the taste long after the dram is down. The after taste lingers for quite a long time and mellows and is very pleasant to mingle with. Reminds me of cigars; I feel like I need to be wearing a smoking jacket whilst enjoying this dram.
This is a great selection for a smokey whisky. It is not overly strong of peat, but has a bold flavor that is very enjoyable. I would stock this in my bar as manly smokey selection.
Just okay. I prefer the Original. I think the sherry finish ruins it for me.
Smooth but a little bitter on the aftertaste.
A great whisky - definitely one I would go for in future
Outstanding scotch. One of our favorites.
A hint of balanced smoke made this my favorite of a sample pack of 4 different Glenmorngie bottles!
Sweet and sherry, nice long flavorful finish. Very palatable for the bourbon connoisseur looking to step into Scotch
I’m not a big fan of the original 10 year Glenmorangie but I like this one quite a bit. It far exceeded my expectations and beats the original 10 year by miles. I stayed away from Glenmorangie for quite a while because of the 10 year, but I found a good deal locally that had the 10 year, this 12 year sherry cask, and the 12 year port cask as a combo deal so I had chance to try them all side by side. Both 12 year versions are worth picking up. If they’re a 8/10, the 10 year is maybe a 6... maybe.
Love this scotch. A little bit of water or an ice cube really makes this come to life as well.
Nose: oak, leafy, caramel
Palate:Orange zest, brown sugar
Finish: spice, long lasting spirit
Not bad. I don't care for Sherry.
Fruity taste and finishes oh so sweet. Reminds me more of an Irish whisky than the Scotch it is.
Notably better than the 10YO, the sherry finish provides some delightful sweet and spicy notes to this expression.
More wood on the nose. Fuller mouth. Some cream and dairy. Oak and some sour on the finish
A good place to start for caramel-loving scotch drinkers. I'm never sad to drink this.
Glenmorangie flair with darker sweetness.
Smooth and sweet with a slightly smokey finish. Lovely staple to add to our home at a decent price point.
I really liked this. Very smooth, with a good “sipping” taste. The noticeable smell/taste of Sherry might be the only be a detraction for a few.
Loved the finish! A great scotch!
Smooth. Rich. Sweet.
Very good ,sat down in front of the fire place & some smooth music & great whiskey.
Very nice. Smoky sweet. Nice changeup in a Rob Roy in lieu of rye
Good whiskey for those starting to get serious. Could drink this all evening.
Glenmorangie is too nutty and sweet for my palette. It's not bad, it's just not for me.
Not bad right out of the bottle
I skipped selecting stars for this one. While tasting the first flavor on the tongue was nothing. I knew the spirit was there because of the texture but it’s was almost as if it hadn’t grown up enough just yet before it was bottled. Then a short mix of flavor and done before I knew what happened. This very well might be just something my taste buds didn’t register so it might be worth trying before committing to a big bottle. Someone else may absolutely love it.
Meh. Not bad, but hard wine notes all around and way to much alcohol burn front and back.
This is my new "go to" scotch due to availability, cost, and flavor. It's deeper than the Glenlivet which is my other "go to". I like this for rainy evenings after (sometimes before) the kids are in bed.
Sweet, smooth, classic Glenmorangie flavors
Sweet kicking, with soft spicing leaving a warm and passion sensation between your lips... Taste almost romantic...!!! Nice single scotch!!!!
Great to sip; smoky flavor makes great sipping cocktails.
Not for me. Yes it’s sherried but I can’t call it a “sherry bomb”. It is only finished in sherry casks and not aged in them like true sherry bombs are. It is also chill filtered. Others in it’s price point are not chill filtered. I hosted a tasting pitting this against two other 12 sherried Scotches (The Macallan 12 and The Glendronach 12) and this placed last according to all six participants all of which scored The Macallan 12 in second. Try a sample before buying a bottle.
Lasanta is my new favorite.
Sweet taste, the extra 2 years in Sherry cask is awesome. Long great finish
Bright sweet nose. Caramel, honey, sherry and dried fruits. Rich and creamy, very smooth with no residual alcohol on the finish. Perfect way to finish the day/meal
Drinkable if a friend gives it to me but to much Sherry flavor.
A very nice single malt. A fairly decent flavor profile, nice on the nose. Very low cost for quality of of the flavor profile. Try this one out.
OK, so we went to Scotland last year and distant relatives got me pointed to single malts. Been developing my taste for several types from various regions. Glenmorangie produces something north of 10 million bottles per year and not the quaint craft distillery but darn this is nice. I really enjoy the sherry caske finish and smooth end. Look forward all week to have a dram or two on Friday evening. Stopped at an Idaho liquor store and found it for $49 on sale so got two. Washington taxes would take it to near $75.
I'm a big Glenmorangie fan. This is the first time I've had a bottle of this variant. I find that I hold Macallan 12 (sherry cask) as my baseline for sherry cask scotches, what everyone should aspire to for a standard. Lasanta 12 year could give Macallen 12 year a run for it's money. I love sharing a glass with friends to start out the night. I'll get this again.
Love it. Smooth, a lovely first dram in the evenings. It is right up there among my favorites.
Glenmorangie is a big go to for me. Love all their expressions. Lasanta is smooth, semi-sweet, and with a great sherry follow through to the end. Great with a cigar!
Exactly what I was hoping for today. Sweet, sherry bomb with oaky finish. Well played :-)
Wonderful aroma. Great taste. Nice finish. It is really rare for me to appreciate taste more than finish and this is the case :)
[lighter and sweeter than Glenfarclas 15. This is the same shelf for me to choose from. If I had to choose between those two I would take... both... well 1l of Glenfarclas and 0,7l of Glenmorangie]
Not terrible, but way too spicy for my taste. Would probably mesh with someone who likes bourbon more I think.
So good. Delicious from the moment you pour it in the glass. You can really smell and taste the sherry. Just the right amount of bite and a beautiful flavor.
Definitely getting raisin on the nose. Love the sweet sherry, although It could be toned back a smidge. Excellent single malt.
Great taste for a great price. Cant get enough
Very much like a bourbon taste. Vanilla and caramel
One of my go-to scotches, way too easy to drink!
Smooth, some smoke, easy to drink, some sweet
Lasanta - I love ya!
Love its sweetness
Smooth start and surprisingly sweet finish.
A very light and sweet drink that is a perfect fit if the mood suits it. I'll make this a regular in my stock if I can find it cheap enough.
Spicy and sweet - raisins and sherry
This is a true 10, sweet, with a hint of oak and vanilla. Just the right amount of heat for a smooth finish.
Strong and preety:)
Bit harsher then other Glenmorangie blends
Enjoy its bold character, but it comes on strong from start to finish. I personally enjoy my single malt scotches that take the palette on a flavor journey - a subtle unfolding of flavor spirals on the palette. This 12-year single malt from the Highlands was satisfying - it just isn't my personal preference. My favorite scotch is any scotch that creates intrigue from the start - bold in nose, deftly nuanced in flavor spirals that are genuinely detectable and each working in harmony to reveal its origins, and a long strong finish.
I think these are usually priced the same as the Quinta Ruban, but found that this was not as enjoyable as the other. A bit more harsh going down.
Great sherry taste! Smooth and long finish
Pretty happy with this one cut a little with some room temperature water.
The perfect dram after a long, hard day and at the end of a good meal. Lovely balance of flavors and a glorious, rich mouth mouth-feel. I love introducing friends to this beauty-especially those who think all "scotch" is smoky, peaty and briny. This dram quickly dispels that misconception!
Best drink I have ever had!
All around smooth, easy to drink Scotch
Have had bad experiences with this one. Becomes almost stale after a while. Better off getting did ditch solera. If have the money get glendronach 15.
One of my go-to bottles. Creamy, rich & sweet without loosing complexity or becoming cloying. All of the traditional Glenmorangie character & added dimensions of top notch extra maturation. There's always at least one bottle in my cupboard.