I was browsing the shop the other day with the intent of getting a bottle of the very enjoyable Glenfarclas 12. The farclas was $71 and I saw this Lasanta for $55 so I made a financial decision and picked this one up instead. Plus this is a new one for me. Bottle has been opened about a week and is 90% full.
Nose: Sweet red wine and plums. Pretty typical sherried whisky. Brown sugar cake. Gingerbread. Pretty sweet. Rasberries. Very enjoyable fruity nose as is the case with most sherried whisky.
Palate: Very clean, typical sherried flavors. Plums definitely stand out the most. There is a slight bitterness as well but it is useful to balance out some of the sweet plum juice.
Finish: Fairly short. Plum juice, vanilla and dark cherries remain to finish things off.
Overall: Pretty standard, clean sherried whisky. No complaints, nothing spectacular but it is good. Looking forward to enjoying this bottle and seeing how it evolves with time.
@casualtorture, there are quite a few areas in which I would disagree with Jim Murray, but one area in which I would be in total agreement is that Glenmorangie Lasanta, until about 3 years ago was totally sulphured shit. I've had some since, about 2 years ago, that was as you portray it: unpretentious, inoffensive, and actually pretty good. Would I trust Lasanta now? I am still leery that a bottle of that terrible old stuff might still be lurking on some store's shelves. It would probably be ok to own just now, but the shivers run deep in me at the memory of the foul Lasanta I have drunk in the past.