While it’s nice to be my mother-in-law’s favorite son-in-law (interestingly enough, I am also her ONLY son-in-Law), this dubious honor comes with an occasional string attached. This past February, my in-laws asked me to pick them up in New York City after their 10-day Caribbean cruise on the NCL Jewel. Since I try my best not to disappoint them, I agreed to pick them up. Thankfully, the traffic was incredibly light that day, so it turned out to be a fast and pleasant trip overall. As a token of their appreciation for agreeing to pick them up in NYC, they rewarded me with a bottle of Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish. Here is what Glenmorangie has to say about this whisky (FYI, due to a change in packaging, this expression is now called Lasanta):
“Glenmorangie’s acclaimed Sherry Wood Finish malt whisky has been initially matured in American oak casks then backed into selected Sherry “butts” for extra aging in the final period of its maturation. The results of this “finishing” are truly exceptional.”
Let’s see if this whisky is “truly exceptional”…
- Color: Deep amber.
- Aroma: Sweet scents. The Sherry influence is very apparent. Nutmeg. Maple Syrup. Brown sugar. Very little smokiness. Faint alcohol vapors.
- Taste: Oily mouthfeel. Starts off with some sweet, Sherry influenced flavors. Cinnamon spiciness builds in the middle. Warm, spicy, and long lasting finish.
- ABV: 43%
It’s no secret that I usually prefer something a bit more smokey, or even somewhat medicinal, when it comes to my Single Malt Whisky. That being said, it took me awhile to warm up to the Glenmorangie Sherry Wood Finish. When I first tried it, I thought the Sherry finish was a bit too overpowering, but after letting it sit for awhile, I slowly began to appreciate this whisky. I particularly like how the spiciness kicks in and lingers for a really long time. While it’s not the first whisky that I would reach for, I would definitely have a glass in lieu of dessert. Who am I kidding? What I meant to say is that I would definitely have a glass IN ADDITION to dessert.
One last thing…
On every bottle of Glenmorangie, there is a reference to the “Sixteen Men of Tain”. Here is a brief video that explains what this means. Enjoy!