Review: Longmorn 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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16 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Longmorn (Elgin, Scotland)

Longmorn is well known as a sought after component of blends, lying at the core of many of the Chivas blends. On its own, it is well regarded as a great single malt by many - and this 16 year old was terrific. It has recently been replaced by a whisky which is the same age (16 years old), but has a higher proportion of first fill American oak casks and therefore less sherry and European oak casks. But, might I add - the price also jumped up considerably with the new bottling, almost an extra 50%. I'd raise an eyebrow to both of those moves...

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 2014/04/01 08:40 LPN10465

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Brilliant – you can just tell when you get a nose at it with all the grape and edgy malt,along with the apricot and dried, marshy corn stalks you smell in bourbon with some cheesy sherry notes coming through as it sits. It’s flowery, malty, sweet, earthy, grassy....on the palate a bit sour with some very nice, complex showing of barley and a good enduring creamy finish full of grape, butterscotch, barley, and dried peaches and apricots. Complex, and the weight of the whisky at 48% is just fantastic. One of my best tastes this year, continually outshining others in side-by-sides.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High, based on $100.