Nose: Sultanas, dark chocolate, sherry, allspice, apple pie, and apple skin. A bit of Glenmo’s delicate highland profile peeks out behind the sherry.
Palate: Medium mouthfeel. Cream, raisins, sherry, cinnamon, milk chocolate, and nuts.
Finish: Short, with very little in the way of spices. Indistinct sherry notes, raisins, cinnamon, cream, chocolate, and faint oak. Simple and straight-forward sherry.
Thoughts: Glenmorangie is known for its finishes, and rightly so. Aside from pioneering the method, their premium Private Edition releases are fantastic. Of course we’re not in premium territory here. While I appreciate the affordability of the core range, the wine finished releases aren’t my favorites. Within the budget offerings, I think the 10 year old Original best displays the delicate sophistication of Glenmo’s base spirit.
That being said, this has a pleasant and simple sherried profile that is drinkable and accessible. I do think this new Lasanta is slightly more complex than its previous incarnations, but the lowered abv hurts it. I’m sure this will satisfy anyone in need of a quick sherry fix, but it’s not one you’ll need to spend a lot of time exploring. Decent, basic, unpretentious stuff.