Review: Longmorn 1989 25 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (Douglas Laing XOP) / by Jason Hambrey

25 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Longmorn (Longmorn, Scotland)

Longmorn, another distillery which is a powerhouse for blenders, produces wonderful malt. I love the 16 year old, though now it has been turned into a "luxury" expression where you get the same thing for twice the price. Too bad. Because there aren't many distillery bottlings, if you can find them, most of the bottles of Longmorn are single casks from independent bottles like this from Douglas Laing. Each cask is different, sometimes significantly - but it really let you explore the distillery characteristics.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: Cask 10803

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Amazing that a 25 year old longmorn can smell so fresh – green pear, peach, caramelized apricots, vanilla, oak, toasted cumin, dried apricot, leather, flax, bourbon, candle wax…The palate is odd. Sharp, with lots of fruit – orange, apricot, freshly stuck match, and caramel leading into a spicy finish full of cumin, orange peel, blueberry, and rancio. Slightly earthy throughout. Big, complex, full..

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Low, based on $265.