Burns Night, when Scotland celebrates its national poet, was on Sunday. I hope some of you out there managed to raise a glass of the good stuff in his honor.
Off to the northern Highlands this week to look at Glenmorangie. We haven’t visited them for a while. Specifically, it’s Glenmorangie Lasanta (43% abv; lightly chill-filtered).That sounds awfully like Spanish or Italian but is, in fact, Gaelic for “warmth and passion”. Those qualities certainly come through in the whisky.
Its profile is from Bill Lumsden’s notes apart from the color description, which is mine:
Appearance: Rich, amber gold, coppery glints.
Nose: Warm spices mix with smooth chocolate covered raisins, honeycomb and caramel toffee.
Palate: Deliciously sweet sherry flavoured sultanas, orange segments, ginger, walnuts and butterscotch combine to create complex warm spices.
Finish: Long and satisfying finish with spiced orange and chocolate covered hazelnuts.
We have to allow Dr. Bill a bit of bias towards his own creation but it is that good. Everything I like in a chocolate bar – or a whisky.
This expression isn’t just two years older than the original 10 year old - it’s had 10 years in an ex-bourbon cask of US white oak but also had 2 further years finessing in European oak sherry casks which have held Oloroso and PX sherry, making for a darker, richer, more opulent and succulent liquid. Those of you who have read my newsletters and reviews before will know I’m a pushover for a good sherry-casked whisky. And it has to be good. You wouldn’t ever regret trying this one.