Longmorn

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

ABV
51.2%
Aging
25 Years
Recipe
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.


Review: Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
40%
Aging
18 years
Recipe
Scottish Malt and Grain Whiskies
Distiller Multiple (Scotland)

This blend, originally produced in 1989, is very well respected among connoisseurs - indeed, I originally sought it out because of Whisky Advocate's 96 rating of the blend. I've read elsewhere that many bloggers said this was a game changer for them - I have found that with many blends, particularly the older ones, that complexity is very high and patience is rewarded if you take time nosing and tasting (as can be easily seen through other old blends like Ballantine's 17). I like that you can often find mini bottles of this (200 or 375 ml) which make terrific gifts.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: LKPG 0648 2015/02/20 09:42

  • Bottling Date: 2015

The nose is rich, with lots of apple, pear, and vanilla. Lots on the nose – typical fruitcake spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove), oak, grape, stewed pear, toffee, nut brittle, confectionary coconut, and some beautiful malt as well.  Light bitterness, and ever-so-light floral notes as well.

The palate shows lots of malt, raisins, with a bit of earthy barley coming in before the oak takes hold of the end. Light cloves in the background throughout. Some very nice stewed apricot in the background as well. Decent mouthfeel, and the grains come in quite nicely providing a nice elegant base – but the malt is still driving the flavour. And the more I have this, the more I am appreciating the malt in it. The finish has oak, spices, raisins, malt, and the earthiness of the barley coming through as well. And a touch of asparagus. Complex on the finish. Elegant.

The nose shows a lot of complexity – very terrific. The palate just doesn’t quite punch enough flavor. Still, very well blended and complex. If it had a bit more body on the palate, it’d do much better. Oh for 46%...a whole lot better than the 12.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: The lower end of average, based on $100.


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

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ABV
48%
Aging
16 Years
Recipe
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.