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Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX

Sherry Delightful!

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@VictorReview by @Victor

25th Jan 2011

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Nose: Perfumed gentle Sherry wine is prominent. There is also sweet orange, a floral bouquet, and a touch of honey.

Taste: Big flavour, with the sweet sherry immediately apparent. This whisky is quite sweet with some nice balancing dryness sneaking in within a few seconds. The fruitiness from the nose is also apparent on the palate, as is some subtle honey. A moderate barley maltiness is also in evidence. I think that it is a good thing that this is 46% ABV-- I don't think that 40% would work here to adequately balance the sweetness with alcohol dryness.

Finish: Excellent long flavourful balanced finish leaves the flavours declining gradually together.

Balance: The first time I tasted this whisky I wondered if it was too sweet for my taste. On second taste I decided that it was not. This one just grows and grows on you. I soon went out to buy a second bottle because I wanted this one around and supplies of Sonnalta PX in my area are rather small. This is a great sherried whisky that I would recommend to anyone. The only problem I have encountered with the Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX is that if I share it with friend that they want to drink a lot of it!

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14 comments

@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

@Victor ... another timely review. I have been coveting the Sonnalta for quite some time. I love the Glenmorangie Lasanta, which is sherry finished, and I wonder if the Sonnalta is also sherry finished, or is 100% sherry cask (like Mac 12)? I am also curious how Lasanta and Sonnalta would compare (anyone tried them both?). BTW, the Sonnalta is twice the cost of Lasanta.

11 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

Sonnalta is a lot better than Lasanta. A LOT better. However, it IS twice the price...

11 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@AboutChoice, the Sonnalta PX is finished in sherry casks, rather than matured 100% in sherry casks. I haven't tried the Lasanta myself only because I was scared off by Jim Murray's observation that it was sulphur tainted. If someone offers me a dram I will gladly try it, however, that observation makes me reluctant to go out and buy a bottle, even though it is reasonably priced.

11 years ago 0

@jwise
jwise commented

It is a bit "sulphury". The Nectar D'Or (which I am drinking right now) is very good, and quite a bit cheaper than the Sonnalta. I also like the Quinta Ruban quite a bit, but not as much as the old Glenmorangie Port Wood Finish. I would rate them: Port Wood Finish, Sonnalta PX, Nectar D'Or, Quinta Ruban, and finally the Lasanta.

11 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

I like the Nectar D'Or, but despite several attempts to get excited about the Quinta Ruban it still seems to me to be lacking something. The Quinta Ruban is not horrible, but it just doesn't make it to excellence or even full coherence in my book. I look forward to trying the Port Wood Finish, and the Lasanta.

11 years ago 0

Bigt commented

Absolutely fantastic.

10 years ago 0

@mrbubb
mrbubb commented

I'd really like to get my hands on a bottle of this. I haven't seen it on any shelves here in Massachusetts, and spirits can't be delivered to this state. Anybody remember purchasing it in Mass, or New Hampshire?

10 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@mrbubb, Sonnalta PX keeps its charm and wears extremely well. If anything, I am more enthusiastic about it now than when I wrote this review. There is good reason that this whisky is as I write this comment # 3 highest rated among Connosr members. As I have posted elsewhere on Connosr, when I introduce new or nearly new whisky drinkers to a large variety of whiskies, the Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX is usually the single most popular whisky from all nations and styles of origin. A note about Quinta Ruban, my bottle actually gelled nicely after a number of months of being open (7 months, I believe). I like it quite a lot now. Good luck finding some Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX. It's worth it!

10 years ago 0

@Reyzar
Reyzar commented

I was on the hunt for 2012 BTAC today but no luck. However, I found 3 bottles of Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX at my local store. I had to buy these 3 bottles. It's just too good to pass up. It's a great day after all.

9 years ago 0

@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

@Victor, I've coveted the Sonnalata, Signet, and even Astar for quite some time, and because they are all on the pricey side, I've not tried them yet. Besides ... I feel that I have enough wonderfully sherried Scotches to last me a few years (Aberlour A'bunadh, Glendronich 15 Revival, Glenrothes 1991, 1992, Macallan 12, Quinta Rubin (port), and Glenmorangie Lasanta.

This is, right now, a brandy night for me ... sipping Mexican, German, French, Califorian, Albanian, Spanish and Armenian brandy. So after seeing what is new on Connosr, and being directed to your Sonnalata review, Victor, I decided to taste the Lasanta, just to see if there was any perceived sulfur; my palate is not the most accurate and reliable but I very much enjoyed the Lasanta, and didn't notice any sulphur. I still feel that it is a best-buy ... and BTW, it has won many metals.

But I will indeed watch out for some Sonnalata ... even a sip or two would be revealing.

A useful review, as usual .. thanks Victor !

9 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

@AboutChoice...if you ever find yourself on the Ontario side of the Blue Water or Ambassador Bridges in the near future, some LCBO stores (amazingly) do have some new Sonnalta stock at Can$100. They had an allocation come in, I believe, about two years ago. Since I thought this was a limited release bottling, I am surprised to see another allocation (albeit very limited) two years later. Here's the current inventory link:

lcbo.com/lcbo-ear/lcbo/…

9 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

...btw, a pour of the bottle to 'theconscience' for alerting me to this development a couple of weeks ago!

9 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@AboutChoice, one day I expect that we will sip some Sonnalta together. Brandies probably, too...

9 years ago 0

@AboutChoice
AboutChoice commented

@Victor, yes, you may provide my intro to sonnalata ... it will be wonderful to rondezvous !

@pudge, making progress ... now have my "extended" driver's license so that i can venture into Canada, and get back too :) Been thinking about this ... you have an open invite to visit here again !

Cheers to all ... right now via Elmer T Lee :)

9 years ago 0

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