Day 2 – Video tasting with Glenmorangie’s Global Ambassador David Blackmore – Tasting the “Lasanta”

Here we are in day #2 of our videoed whisky tastings with Glenmorangie’s Global Ambassador, Mr. David Blackmore.

Yesterday we learned a good deal about Glenmorangie – how they source their wood/casks, their philosophy on wood management and more.  Plus, we got a better understanding of where flavor comes from and how it’s imparted to the whisky.  And of course, we got to taste the Glenmorangie Original.

If you missed yesterday’s post, here is a link to it.  These videos flow together so you will benefit from having seen the one prior to this before moving onto today’s video.

Today we learn about the Glenmorangie Lasanta – their new Extra-Matured whisky which spent 10 years in American White Oak then an additional two years in Oloroso Sherry casks.  Additionally, David goes into the history of the Extra-Matured range – great stuff (if you ask me)!


And hey, there’s more!! Here’s a supplemental surprise for those of you who loved the old Sherry Wood Glenmo:

Jewish Single Malt Whisky Society’s official tasting notes on the Glenmorangie Lasanta

Highlands Region – 46% ABV – $45 | £39 | €45

On the nose  For spending only 2 years in a sherry cask, the sherry-type notes are pretty prominent…

Think prunes, boozey raisins and spice.

Heavy metal leather jackets a la Judas Priest circa 1983 (or there abouts), dark chocolates and old harris tweed suits.

Cherry wood and lacquer notes.

Those lovely peach Glenmorangie notes come forth but there’s a heaviness to it that makes it somewhat different from that Glenmo-peach note I’m used to.

Smoked-salt on watermelon is in here too.

On the mouth Ooey & oily mouthfeel.  It’s all about dark chocolate here.  Big and powerful, sweet yet sharp and then a bit of tang.

Very sweet, almost cloying but it gets turned around right quick with some red wine tannins and fruits — we’re talking cranberry and blackberry.

Fresh soil notes and then citrus and a bit of creamy malt (better yet, a malted milk ball).

Finish Nice dry finish with a lasting sweetness that seems to be balanced out by an earthy quality.

In sum I had this whisky when it first came out in 2007/8 and was not a fan.  This is the 2010 version and it just seems more mature and balanced.  The sherry finish is nicely integrated and the balance between the sweet and dry is nice as is the addition of earthy notes and a touch of citrus floating above it all.  This is a late night dram that will help to you to get your ideas out; open up your brain a bit.

You can view days 1, 3 and 4 of this video series, here, here and here (respectively).