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First vapor: Matchsticks and orange. (The matches: pessimistically like fertilizer, optimistically, smoky pure dark chocolate)
Nose: Starting light... Maple and cold cream poured over cinnamon&raisin oatmeal. At first strong on hot tickling ginger powder. Nose2: Eventually matchsticks come back, a little sharp and with butterscotch.
Palate: Golden raisins & tires (matches) on entrance. As some initial heat fades, these are revealed to be buried in melted unsalted butter. Mouth tingle escalates to burning sugar, over creamy rose. This tingle subsides with growing vanilla, and mellows to walnut and walnut skins.
Finish: Dry walnut with some cocoa powder. Pepper adds spice, fading from black to white... and eventually liquorice root. Still a sense of walnut skins, reflecting the matchsticks in the nose.
Importantly, if the malt has breathed enough, this finish is the same but substantially sweeter.
A surprising Glenmorangie experience-- Yes, there is characteristic fruitiness and maltiness, but are we sure this has no peat in it? The matchstick effect can be substantial, so despite some wonderful creaminess and sweet oak, it can feel like a bumpier ride. At first I could not judge whether this made the experience worse or more interesting. It is a bit of both: It is more interesting in the palate, but it sticks around too much, especially at the end of the finish.
Due to this matchstick tone, I find this most similar to a couple peated malts: either the Highland Park 12 or the Bowmore 15 Mariner. I find the Lasanta slightly more interesting (and sherried) than the HP12, but roughly on par. And ultimately I prefer the Mariner for having an overall smoother palate and better shade of peat, even though it is not as creamy.