In 2004 the Macdonald family, owners of Glenmorangie plc, sold the company to Louis Vuitton for £300 million.
Just three years later the entire Glenmorangie range got a complete makeover. Gone were old widely available wood finishes, two for good (Burgundy and Madeira) while Port and Sherry got a major revamp. The former Sherry Wood Finish was introduced as Lasanta (the name derives from Gaelic and means ‘warmth and passion’). After spending 10 years in ex-bourbon barrels the whisky was transferred to ex-Oloroso sherry butts for additional two years. Lasanta was bottled at 46% abv and without chill-filtration.
Nose: smooth, sweet and creamy, milk chocolate, caramel, raisins, prunes, traces of mint, cinnamon, ginger and a distant whiff of smoke.
Palate: sweet and creamy, slightly malty, vanilla custard, honey, caramel, dried dates, prunes, walnuts, candied ginger and hints of cinnamon.
Finish: pretty long, slightly nutty, sweet dried fruit, candied orange peel and delicate oaky dryness.