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An Oloroso sherry finished whisky from Glenmorangie, the word 'Lasanta' derives from the Gaelic for Warmth and Passion.
The nose is creamy and of caramel, crème anglaise and chocolate raisins, quite dry with notes of mixed sweet spices. The mouth feel is very thick as you chew through honeyed raisins. There is a little sweet beeswax, melted vanilla ice cream as the sherry weaves gently through the palate, a very buttery expression. Much more of that honey in the creamy finish, it has a slight oaky dryness and a dusting of cocoa powder.
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The ratings wind me up on this page....This is the 46% and non-chill filtered version we're reviewing here, and it's a cracker. It's also discontinued. the 43% chill filtered version from 2014 onwards is a different kettle of fish, to me a significant drop in quality. There's a separate page on MoM for reviewing the 43% version so keep the hate in there and spread the love in here of those glorious pre 2014 days.
19th April 2017
I just bought a bottle thinking it was 46% as it was when an online reviewer that I like tasted it in 2014. It is now only 43% as some commenters below have noted. The bottle you picture here is the 46% bottling (label trimmed in gold, gold-background for "Extra Matured", etc) which I assume is why you list it as sold out. It would be nice if you would note that for future buyers.
28th January 2017
If you prefer strong, mature avec to the dessert, this Lasanta is a winner, especielly in a cabin during wintertime with snowstorm outside.
22nd December 2016
Aaah Glenmorangie, you have won my heart. (Drinking Neat) Decadent, sweet burnt sugars, butterscotch, spice, chocolate covered raisin, musky oak, faint peat, bandaid. It's an amazing whiskey by itself and one of my favorites. But it's lacking when compared to Quinta Rubin.
4th September 2016
Great sherry 12 year old scotch
14th June 2016
I always had faith in this distillery, but this is totally disappointing. Do not bue 43% version. This is not whisky.
3rd May 2016
this is bad.
11th April 2016
Whiskey of an odd kind but I like it. I've been drinking this, the original and Tusail, Tusail is by far the best one. This and the original are quite the same, this just have better finnish but it's the same tastes. Lemon, sherry and some malt.
4th February 2016
Still a good scotch however, the taste is waterred down. Why they did that ? meh. I dont know. Glenfarclas 25 is a good alternative. Very sherry and powerful on the taste.
23rd January 2016
It's good; but not so great !
18th November 2015
Have to say, GlenMorangie is one of my favorites and always represented in my collection.When a free space bacme available on the shell, It would be taken by the LaSanta, an boy did I have expectations. I do also love sherried whiskys, you know.This, however, I never found much love for. Here's why:Nose:I found the initial nose quite sour. My bottle may have been out of an flawed batch (or my palate may be flawed), but it was that darn sort of sulphurous nose, that I don't like. The sweetnes people talk about, I did not sense.Sip:Now I'm sure, this one was flawed, 'cause I'd never expect Glenmo to issue sulphured alcohol on purpose unless the shipment was meant for a place reaaaaaally way down stairs.I ended up using this for a mixer. How sad that was. I would have loved to just like it.I'll stick with what BenRiach does with Sherry. Sorry, brave men of Tain.
7th November 2015
I can enjoy this whisky for what it is and how it tastes. That aside, for me there is no discernible difference between this and a French brandy. It really is quite sweet . For me this is just not how whisky should taste. Otherwise worth a try and, seeing as I bought my bottle in China I saved some money in comparison to the UK retail price. Actually I am stunned by the "quality" of this one and have to say that I really like it. I last bought a bottle of Talisker 10 year old malt and there is a World of difference between them.
11th May 2015
huge admirer of the Balvenie 12 and this is right on par. I enjoy the frequent light single malt of a macallan or glenlivet, also the smoky laphroaig and ardbeg, this is just as tasty but on a similar level
15th April 2015
I focus on the golf, not the whisky...was ready to submit this when I happened on the other reviews. What a load of crap. I may be American but you have to be a total wanker not to see how great this whisky is at only $50/btl. Come on.Well done, cheers guys
17th March 2015
If you find the Islay and Lowland whiskies too daunting, Margaret, don’t drink them – but don’t pull your dress over your head and weep because centuries of Scottish artisan distillation makes your mouth taste funny.
5th March 2015
I've purchased Glenmorangie LaSanta for a number a years in the United States. Recently local stores in the Los Angeles, California area have been replacing the 46% original by a watered down 43% version. The bottles look almost exactly the same. Aside from the small 43% print, it's difficult to tell the difference. You would expect them to use a different name. It feels to me that the distillery has pulled one over on me since it tastes weaker the the original; that's how I realized it had been watered down. I would give the 46% version 4 stars. Due to the "quiet" lowering of the alcohol concentration I've reduced my rating and made my other scotch drinkers aware. I have however started checking what this distillery says more closely.
3rd March 2015
Love seeing the negative reviews when this whisky tastes amazingly good. Oh, by the way, it has a 93/100 score on the Whisky Bible 2015.
21st January 2015
I recieved several bottles of Scotch ranging from The Glens Nadurra to Tomatin (not cery impressive) The Lasanta is amazing and more mature than the other Glens that I have enjoyed.
17th January 2015
I bought a sample back of 4 Glenmorangies and this was by far the worst one. The original completely beats this one in every aspect.
31st December 2014
Delicious, carries a lighter finish than the Quinta Ruban, but definitely more succulent that the gm 10 year.
13th December 2014
This is definitely not for the tar and seaweed-buffs.An extremely civilized first taste (by advice- with a little water), then it opens up with a full gallery of aromas, a delicate blend that has a clear affinity for my tastebuds, which are fond of the warm wines of Spain.I love it.
21st November 2014
Got this when it was on over for 20 bucks and was lovely best bargain I've ever had better then some of the malts I've paid over double for
11th November 2014
Love the Quinta Ruban, extremely disappointed in this offering.
13th September 2014
a step down from the glen quinta ruban, but still find this very moreish, overall prefer glendronach 12 as an entry level sherry cask,but this is still a good malt
18th August 2014
I went in the store for some other brand and i saw this one was on sale for $49.99 .What a mistake.I am a newbie but for me the taste is like some cheap strong brandy.Now i know.This is my first and last Glenmorangie.
19th June 2014
I must say being used to peaty Islay malts, this Highland is absolutely beautiful! A pleasure on the nose and palate I recommend this to anyone who has a penchant for sherry finished whiskeys. A real treat!!
25th May 2014
has notes of a dr pepper or a absinthe.
24th May 2014
its good whisky
1st May 2014
25 pound from morrisons, what a treat.
29th April 2014
I enjoy my Islays and peat is amazing, but when you want something other than a peated scotch whisky this is to me a very nice one. The nose is very pleasant and inviting with sweet hints of honey, vanilla and dried fruit. Very approachable and tasty. Palate consisted of chocolates, raisins, honey, hints of creamy vanilla and a dry slightly oaky finish. At the price of $45 USD at many local liquor stores it's a great buy.
10th April 2014
What more is there to say
23rd March 2014
Let me star by stating that in the past I drank some fantastic whiskeys from Glenmorange but this one is not one of those. The nose is not bad but doesn't represent well what's coming next. I feel this is a recipe for those who drink Red Bull with Vodka who are looking for a way to seem sophisticated. The distillery describes their whisky as having notes of mixed sweet spices and melted vanilla ice cream. If that's code for candy-tasting liquor then they might be right. Otherwise is obviously an exaggeration. And speaking of exaggerations, that's what's wrong with this whisky. All the flavors in the background are greatly enhanced giving it an unexpected flavor that's not what you may think (or want) from a true Scottish Whisky. I have to give this recipe a decisive thumbs down. What it needs is to be is part of a blend and not just a single-malt Whisky.
13th March 2014
First off, I absolutely love the Quinta Ruben. The Lasanta is the only other Glenmorangie expression that I currently own. A coworker picked it up for me at a duty free in the States. The Glendronach 12 is my benchmark for Sherried whisky (and Aberlour 12, but at a lesser extent). I was a little disappointed with the Lasanta. I cannot get over this very odd 'cardboard' scent that I get on the nose (it carries onto the palate a little as well). Very strange.
20th February 2014
As title says
8th January 2014
Whilst I understand that some peat-freaks can go overboard I myself am not one of them. As much as I like a glass of Bowmore Darkest this ranks a pretty close second. The only minor downside is that I find that the finish is a little too dry and a little abrupt. However as another reviewer as already stated this can be occasionaly bought from supermarkets for under 30 quid making it a good value purchase.
3rd January 2014
Upon sampling the Lasanta, I have found that this is light on the taste bud, with minimal bite. The richness is sustained by the fullness of the secondary flavors of the maturity of the barrels. I am a huge fan!
46% and non-chill filtered with the last 2 years in full Sherry casks. Sounds decent already. Smells of rich dried fruits, coco and honey. Full but not overly cloying rich tastes that match the aromas. What more can you ask for at this price. Better than the sharper more woody and tinier MacCallan. Of all the 4 standard glenmorangies, this is my favorite, it is also one of my favorite Sherried whiskeys.
26th December 2013
It's hilarious to read the comments of Islay drinkers, which seem to think that there's in the only style worthwhile, making comments on this excellent whisky. It isn't the be-all end-all but it's delicious. If you don't like it, that's a personal issue, which is cool. But get over your arrogant self already.
23rd December 2013
Compared to the original, I find this is much smoother and mellow. On the nose, it's a hint of sherry, but the chocolate coated sultanas just stand out. A hint of citrus fruit as well.
26th November 2013
Yeah, perhaps my favourite Glenmorangie.... better than the original so worth the few extra quid... and better than Quinta Ruban... so save yourself a few quid. A must buy when on offer in supermarkets.... when I've seen it as low as £27. At that price its an easy decision. Jason Breen.
1st November 2013
These bad reviews from people who drink Islay malts, who suggest Highland Park need to be aware that this is a completely different whisky than those. Sherry flavours that will warm the bones on a cold night. A bit expensive, but its good and worth a sample at least.
22nd October 2013
I have a penchant for peaty and smoky drams, especially Bowmore and Laphroig, however I thoroughly enjoy Aberlour for its fruity, caramel complexities. This scotch was VERY bland to me. Although the nose was very promising, the palate. under delivered and I was left wanting more. The finish was also very unexceptional. I don't understand how anyone would prefer this two a bottle of Aberlour, but that's my opinion.
16th October 2013
If you don't like this there is something wrong with you, I think the Nectar D'or (15) is my favourate of Glenmorangie's 'extra matured' range followed by the Quinta Ruban then the Lasanta but there is really nothing between them, they are all superb and very different. Along with An Cnoc 12 and Glendronach 12, Quinta Ruban and Lasanta are my highest ranked younger (upto 12 year old) whiskies.
5th September 2013
Nose and mounth: complex, chocolate, mint, great sherry. Smooth and fresh. Excellent.Its one of my 5 favorities drams.
13th August 2013
All whiskies have their character. All children have their character - would you say one is 'better' and 'you'll love it more' ?? Just enjoy them all for what they are.... and while they last.
15th July 2013
This really reminds of an old winery the smell and taste of a bad wine it's not worth any penny... The only good one from the portfolio is the original 10YO not bad full mouth feel and you can taste the honey and vanilla very nice dram. But you can find better for the money like highland park 12yo try it and you'll love it
21st January 2013
I couldn't find the clean sweetness and mellowing I like so much in other double cask or finish expressions (Benriach 15 PX,or Aberlour 16 for example. Maybe I am too influenced by the fact that I'm not fond of Glenmorangie original style that i recognize too well in every 12 years finish (except Quinta Ruban that appealed me a little more). It's a quality for me...in case you like the original expression. Maybe the brand new Artein made me change my mind but that's right that it's a 15 years maturation...
29th October 2012
Another fine offering from the Morangie distillery..the superior qualities of this and the Q Ruban take Glenmorangie to the top table of distilling....Never can decide which I prefer...struth
22nd September 2012
For me this dram is only lovely in smaller sips. I prefer the Quinta Ruban Port finished version, it has a fuller taste. I enjoyed my bottle but I doubt I would buy it again, mainly due to the Macallan 10 year Sherry Cask!
10th May 2012
This is how Xmas Pud would taste in It's Wonderful Life. I tried it alongside the Bruichladdich Pedro Ximénez and while I concede it isn't necessarily a like for like comparison, to my mind the Lasanta blew it away. It's incredibly smooth, warm and dessert-like. One for wood-panelled rooms with roaring fires and leather upholstery. Phenomenal stuff and worth twice the price.
5th October 2011
At first didn't like it much due to the almost overpowering taste of sultanas on the palate..but after a few more I found it grew on me..rather surprisingly..I would definitely recommend this one for those who like a rich yet smooth and spicy single malt.
26th April 2011
A beautiful dram if you like them rich; Really thick mouthfeel and the normal floral notes are much more subtle than most Glenmorangies, Think raisins and figs. Sweet warming finish, this and the Astar are my favorite Glenmorangie expressions for sure.
17th September 2010